Israel returns to Gaza for 2nd retaliatory strike after rocket hits Sderot


Palestinian sources report two Gazans lightly wounded by shrapnel after IAF’s second retaliatory airstrike on terrorist targets in Gaza after Palestinian rocket was fired earlier on Israeli city.

By i24news


The Israeli Defense Forces carried out two waves of air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after a projectile fired by a Salafi group pledging allegiance to the Islamic State organization landed on a street in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

Image circulating on social media purportedly shows aftermath of Israeli air strikes in Gaza. – Photo: AFP

The IDF earlier confirmed that it had responded to the rocket fire with an air strike on targets in Gaza’s Beit Hanoun as well as with artillery fire, which reportedly hit a water tower speculated to have been used as an observation post.

Palestinian media said a second wave of strikes were taking place in the northern Gaza Strip several hours later. The strikes reportedly targeted Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) installations.

According to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, five people were lightly wounded by the Israeli strikes, including a man hit in the face by shrapnel.

Both Hamas and other splinter Islamic organizations have launched rocket attacks into Israeli territory in the past.

Red alert rocket warning sirens were heard around the Gaza border communities in southern Israel. No damage or injuries were reported as a result of the rocket attack.

An image released by Israeli police after the incident showed sappers working on a narrow path between two houses.

Israeli Police

Aftermath of rocket attack on Sderot, August 21 2016 – Photo courtesy: Israel National Police

At the beginning of July a rocket fired from Gaza struck a vacant kindergarten in Sderot.

Israeli aircraft struck four targets in the southern Gaza Strip in retaliation for the strike.

The rocket was reported to have fallen inside a kindergarten in the Gaza-border community, causing damage but no injuries.

The rocket attack came amid razor sharp tensions following a spate of terror attacks in the West Bank earlier in the day.

Violence since October has killed at least 214 Palestinians, 33 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.


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