An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli airforce pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel December 29, 2016..
(photo credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)
The Israeli Air Force struck a terror target located in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday night, the IDF said.
"IDF jets attacked a terror target belonging to Hamas in the central Gaza Strip," said an army statement. "The attack was carried out in response to the placement of explosive devices on the border fence."
Palestinian media reports stated that there were a number of Israeli airstrikes in various Gaza Strip locations.
Earlier on Saturday, IDF troops fired shells at a Hamas outpost after an improvised explosive device exploded
on the Gaza border fence.
“An explosive device detonated near the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip. No forces were in the vicinity at the time of the explosion. No damage or casualties were caused to our forces,” read an IDF statement.
The explosion, which didn’t cause any physical or material damage, was the fifth IED to detonate on the Gaza border fence in the past three months, and was in the same area where two IEDs were detonated on Thursday
IDF Retaliates Following Explosion on Northern Gaza Border, March 15, 2018
On Thursday, two explosive devices were detonated close to an army patrol along the border fence with the northern Gaza Strip.
No IDF soldiers were wounded in the explosions, which took place inside the Hamas-run coastal enclave. Contradictory reports out of Gaza and in Palestinian media said two Palestinians were killed in the five retaliatory strikes that were carried out by tanks and one air strike.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis called the incident “serious” and said security forces were also investigating whether an anti-tank missile was fired at troops who were an estimated 100 meters away from the explosions.
“We will act decisively against any attempt to turn the [area near] the fence into a hideout for terrorist activities, and we will not allow the demonstrations [by Palestinian protesters near the fence] to turn into terrorist activities,” said Manelis.
"The IDF will continue to act using all tools at its disposal in order to provide security for the citizens of Israel," said the IDF. "Hamas is responsible for everything that occurs or comes from the Gaza Strip."Anna Ahronheim contributed to this story.