Israeli fighter jets bomb Hamas terror targets in response to a rocket attack from Gaza

BREAKING: Israeli fighter jets bombed Hamas terror targets in Gaza after a rocket fired by Muslim terrorists impacted south of the city of Ashkelon.

The IDF confirmed the strike in response to the rocket attack and continued firebomb and explosive balloon attacks.

One of the strikes targeted a terror compound belonging to one of Hamas’ special units.

“Earlier tonight, a rocket was fired and during the day explosive and arson balloons were launched from Gaza into Israeli territory. In response, a short while ago, IDF fighter jets and aircraft struck additional Hamas military targets in Gaza. During the strike, a military compound belonging to one of the special units of the Hamas terror group was struck,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The IDF views any terror activity against Israel with great severity and is ready to continue operating as necessary against attempts to harm Israeli civilians or sovereignty. The Hamas terror group is responsible for all events transpiring in Gaza and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians,” the IDF added.

Code Red rocket sirens sounded tonight in Ashkelon Northern Industrial Zone, Ashkelon, Ashkelon Southern Industrial Zone, Zikim.

A rocket fired from Gaza was located south of Ashkelon.

MDA first responders treated a 7-year-old and 10-year-old girls who were lightly wounded while running for shelter.

At least 50 fires broke out today in southern Israel due to firebombs and explosive devices attached to balloons, launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza into Israel.

“The response to a balloon will be the likes of a rocket. We are preparing for a round,” PM Netanyahu told southern community council leaders.

“The incendiary balloons are terrorism plain and simple. Hamas knows this is not a game. There will come a time when they will have to decide, and if they want a war they will get a war,” President Rivlin said.

Police sappers were called to neutralize a bomb attached to balloons that landed in a field in Sdot Negev.