The Israel Air Force struck two targets in Gaza on Monday evening in response to
rocket fire on southern Israel earlier in the day. The rockets, which landed in
fields in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, came shortly after the completion
of the funeral service for former prime minister Ariel Sharon in the nearby
The IDF said the targets the IAF hit were a military
compound and a terror infrastructure site, adding that both strikes hit their
Both targets belonged to Hamas, which the IDF holds
responsible for failing to prevent Monday’s rocket fire.
landed in open fields and did not cause damages or injuries.
Monday, Israel had beefed up security
for Sharon’s funeral near the Gaza border
and warned Hamas not to allow rocket fire during the ceremony, which many
international dignitaries attended.
An Israeli security source said
Israel had “passed the message” to Gaza authorities to prevent any rocket fire during the funeral.
“It was made clear to them that tomorrow would be a
very bad day for anyone there to test Israel’s patience,” said the source, who
spoke on condition of anonymity.
Security sources said Israel had
deployed an Iron Dome rocket interceptor near Sharon’s funeral site at his
beloved Sycamore Ranch, which had been hit by Gaza-launched rockets in the
On December 26, the IAF struck two targets in Gaza
in response to
the firing of two rockets on southern Israel within a 24-hour
Earlier that week, a mortar fired from the Gaza Strip
the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council after a string of mortar fire failed to
reach its destination, falling inside the Palestinian territory.Reuters
and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this story.