Gaza strike fire 248.88.
(photo credit: AP [file])
Palestinians fired two rockets at southern Israel on Friday morning, prompting the Israel Air Force to bomb four smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza hours later.
During the morning rocket attacks, one projectile slammed into an open area south of Ashkelon, while a second struck an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage resulted from either attack.
The rockets sparked calls by local authority heads for firm government action to make good on promises of "a new reality" in the South following Operation Cast Lead.
Alon Shuster, chairman of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, said either military or diplomatic measures were needed to silence the rockets.
Sderot Mayor David Buskila said he was pessimistic over the security outlook for the area in the coming weeks. Buskila said the government failed to deliver on promises of a "disproportionate response" to rockets, adding that he foresaw inaction in the period before and after the general elections.
The IAF bombed four smuggling tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt on Friday night. No injuries were reported by Palestinian sources following the air raids.
The IDF Spokesman's Unit confirmed the attacks, saying secondary explosions from munitions in the tunnels were observed.
A weapons storehouse had also been struck, the army added.