Rockets fired at Israeli civilians after IAF strikes Hamas terror targets in Gaza
Two rockets were fired at southern Israel early Thursday, about two hours after Israeli fighter jets conducted airstrikes against targets belonging to Hamas terror group in Gaza, following the launch of explosive devices attached to balloons from Gaza into Israel earlier in the day.
Code red sirens sounded in Israeli communities along the Gaza border before the rocket fire, but there were no reports of damage and no one was hurt.
Arabs report that a Hamas training terror camp in Gaza was targeted by the Israeli air force. It was heavily damaged, reports say, but no casualties were reported.
The attack came after Israel minimized on Tuesday the fishing zone for Gazans from 15 nautical miles down to 6, after a rocket fired by Muslim terrorists overnight exploded in sea off Israel’s southern coast.
The IDF named the Islamic Jihad terrorists directly, publishing their photos, and laid responsibility for the attack on the terror group.
“This is Bahaa Abu-Ala’ta, the Gaza Commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Last night, his operatives fired a rocket at Israel to bring about an escalation. Thankfully, the rocket landed in the sea. The IDF remains ready and committed to defending Israel against such terror”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted.
The IDF deployed additional Iron Dome missile defense batteries throughout the country as preparation for a possible escalation and rocket attacks from Gaza ahead of Independence day, Eurovision, and the start of the jihad month of Ramadan.