Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza terror targets in retaliation for rocket fire

Israeli fighter jets early on Monday carried out retaliatory strikes targeting terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip after a rocket launched from the Hamas-controlled enclave hit an open area in southern Israel Sunday evening.

A Salafist cell in Gaza claimed responsibility for the attack, local media reported.

The rocket landing in the Sha’ar HeNegev Regional Council caused no injuries or damage. Sirens warning of incoming rockets were operated across Israeli communities bordering the Strip.

“In response last nights rocket attack, IAF aircrafts targeted a #Hamas military training facility in the central #Gaza Strip,” IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner wrote on Twitter.

Israeli military officials, including Defense Minister Mosha Ya’alon, have repeatedly stated that Israel holds Hamas responsible for every act of aggression against Israel issuing from the Strip, including those by Salafist cells that are usually at odds with Hamas and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.

The latest rocket attack from Gaza comes about three weeks after a salvo of at least four rockets was fired towards the direction of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, prompting Israeli air strikes on a number of Hamas targets in northern Gaza.

According to Palestinian security sources, the Israeli strikes targeted four empty facilities ranging from Beit Hanoun in the north to Rafah in the south, causing damage but no casualties.

Fearing an increase in cross border violence, the Israeli military deployed artillery batteries along the border with Gaza in recent weeks.