Israeli fighter jets strike 10 terror targets in Gaza in response to rocket attack at Southern Israel
IDF artillery shelled an observation post east of Gaza City shortly after the rocket attack.
Among the targets were two Hamas munition manufacturing and storage sites and a military compound.
The strikes were conducted in response to the rockets that were fired and to the various terror activities orchestrated by the Hamas terror group over the weekend, which included planting a grenade, hurling explosive devices, attempts to cross the security fence, damaging security infrastructure, and igniting fires in Israeli territory with the use of arson kites and balloons.
The weekend’s events are a continuation of Hamas’s repeated attempts to turn the area next to the security fence into a violent zone both above and below ground, conduct terror attacks, damage security infrastructure, and endanger lives of Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.
“The IDF views these ongoing attempts with great severity and is determined to fulfill its mission to protect and ensure the safety of Israeli civilians as needed.
Hamas is solely responsible for all events that transpire in the Gaza Strip and emanate from it. If Hamas continues relying on terror instead of solving the issues that plague Gazan civilians, it’ll continue paying a heavy price that’ll increase as necessary”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.
According to Arab reports, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad had evacuated their bases and their senior terrorists are hiding.
Code Red rocket-alert sirens sounded several times at the Eshkol Regional Council on Saturday evening.
One of the rockets was intercepted by Iron Dome missile batteries. Another rocket fell short and exploded inside Gaza territory.
An additional mortar shell landed in an open area in Eshkol Regional Council.
During the night the residents of Sderot, the Eshkol regional council and the Shaar Hanegev regional council were sent to the shelters as Hamas fired rockets following the IAF strike. The IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted the two rockets.