Israel Air Force Strikes Gaza In Retaliation to Unprovoked Rocket Attack on Civilians

 

After a Palestinian fired rocket exploded between two homes in Sderot, Israeli jets returned fire on 2 Hamas targets in northern Gaza.
– No injuries reported on either side.

By Rachel Kaplan

 

A rocket was shot into Sderot along the Gaza border.

A Code Red siren was heard in the region. The IDF confirms that a rocket shot from Beit Hanoun in Gaza landed in Sderot.

IAF on the way to Gaza – Photo: REUTERS

When police searched the area, they found a rocket had exploded between two houses in the city of Sderot. Police have closed off the area; a bomb squad is at the scene.

No one is reported injured.

Sderot, a town in the western Negev, has been targeted by more than 10,000 rockets since 2001.

In 2016 alone, 10 rockets from Gaza have struck the western Negev (not including rockets which were shot from Gaza, but fell inside Gaza).

In early July, a rocket from Gaza struck a kindergarten in Sderot. The IDF responded at the time by striking four infrastructure targets in Gaza.

The IAF has returned fire to Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. No injuries on the Gazan side reported.

The IDF announced on its Hebrew language twitter account, that “in response to a shooting carried out a short time ago toward the city of Sderot, we attacked, using an Air Force jet, terror infrastructure belonging to the terror organization Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip.” The infrastructure is reportedly a water tower in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza.

The IDF continued, “Similarly, we attacked a terrorist infrastructure via shooting from a tank. We will continue to act decisively at all times to maintain the security of the State of Israel.”

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