The air force struck what it said was a terrorist facility and an arms depot in
the southern Gaza Strip overnight on Sunday, following a Grad rocket attack on
Both targets were accurately hit, the IDF Spokesman’s
The air strikes came as retaliation for a Palestinian rocket
attack on the Sdot Negev regional on Saturday night. The rocket triggered an air
raid siren, sending civilians fleeing for cover. It exploded in a field, causing
no injuries or damages.
Israel will not tolerate a “drizzle” of rockets
on its territory, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet on
“I want to make clear that we will not tolerate a ‘drizzle’
policy. A ‘drizzle’ of rockets or missiles will be met by a very aggressive
reaction, and we will take all necessary action to defend our citizens,”
In an apparent reference to concern about a spillover
from the Syrian civil war, Netanyahu said this policy will be implemented in the
“north, south or any other front.”
Saturday’s attack ended Lag Ba’omer
bonfire celebrations, with children instructed to return home after the
Global jihadi groups based in Gaza have repeatedly targeted
southern Israel with rockets since Hamas and Israel agreed to enter into a truce
in November 2012.
The last time the IAF operated over Gaza was at the
start of the month, when two targets were hit in response to rocket
In recent weeks, rockets landed in the Eshkol region, and two Grad
rockets fired from the Sinai Peninsula exploded within Eilat city boundaries.