Israel responds with IAF airstrikes after Gaza’s five rockets hit southern Israel

One of the rockets shot from Gaza caused a fire destroying a paint factory in Israel’s southern city of Sderot.

 

For the second time in 24 hours, the Israel Air Force struck targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night after several rockets hit southern Israel.

An Israeli aircraft targeted three underground rocket launchers in the Strip’s center. The strike came in retaliation for rockets fired from Gaza earlier in the evening, the IDF said, adding that it holds Hamas responsible .

One rocket caused a fire in a paint factory in the city of Sderot. Emergency services managed to gain control of the fire by around 10 P.M. A second rocket exploded in open terrain in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, while two more hit the Sdot Negev Regional council.

The barrage continued as a fifth rocket hit an open area near Sderot around 11 P.M.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke with Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi on Saturday, and told him the defense establishment “will not tolerate Gaza terror groups’ attempts to disrupt the daily lives of the southern residents.”

“We’ll keep acting with a firm hand against the terrorists who shoot at Israel, and we’ll deal them a painful blow,” Ya’alon said.

Gaza rocket causes fire in Sderot.

Israeli firefighters extinguish a burning factory hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on June 28, 2014 at an industrial zone in the southern city of Sderot. – Photo: AFP

Earlier on Saturday the Israeli air force struck four targets in the Gaza Strip, including “two centers of terrorist activity, a weapons manufacturing site in central Gaza and a weapons storage site in southern Gaza,” according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Two rockets fired from Gaza at Israel’s south were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system on Friday evening, hours after two Palestinian militants were killed in an Israel Air Force strike in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

View original HAARETZ publication at: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.601798

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