Israel Air Force responds to 3 rockets fired from Gaza that the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for.
• Hamas accuses the Islamic extremists of pulling Israel into another war with Gaza.
Israeli combat jets struck targets in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip following earlier rocket fire on Israeli communities bordering the Palestinian enclave, Palestinian media reported early Thursday morning.
Hours earlier, three missiles fired from the Strip landed in open areas in the Sdot Negev Regional Council in after sirens warning of incoming rockets blared across the south of Israel Thursday evening.
It appears the attack caused no casualties or damage to property.
According to Israeli media, the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Hamas source told Israel Radio that the missiles may have been fired by a cell of Salafist extremists allied with the Islamic State in retaliation for one of its members being killed by Hamas on Tuesday.
The source said that Hamas deployed its troops across the Gaza Strip to keep the peace and accused unnamed Salafist groups of attempting to pull Israel into another round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Local media also reported Israel Air Force planes were flying over the Hamas-controlled enclave in the immediate aftermath of the rocket attack.
Last Tuesday one rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel, setting off warning sirens and sending residents to seek shelter, but causing no damage or injury. Earlier reports claiming four or five missiles were launched turned out to be erroneous.
The 122-millimeter rocket, known as a Grad, landed in the town of Gan Yavne, more than 30 kilometers north of Gaza. Residents reported hearing an explosion.
The incident represents the most significant attack on Israel launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave since the end of last year’s 50-day summer war in September.
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