YOUNG PALESTINIANS in a military graduation ceremony at a Hamas summer camp in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip earlier this year.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Israel Defense Forces attacked eight terrorist targets in three Hamas-run military compounds in response to a rocket attack on the South late Wednesday night, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.
The IDF's targets included a military compound, a training camp and a weapons production and storage facility.
"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip, and it will bear the consequences for the terrorist acts carried out against the citizens of Israel," said the IDF spokesperson. "The IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and is determined to continue its mission to protect the citizens of Israel."
Earlier Wednesday night, a projectile was reported to be fired from Gaza
at Israel into the southern Negev region, according to the IDF. The Iron Dome aerial defense system launched an intercepting missile toward the incoming projectile headed for Israeli territory.
Rocket sirens were sounded in the Urim and Patish communities located in the Eshkol region late Wednesday night, after a week of relative calm. Thousands of families rushed to nearby bomb shelters.
Residents of the communities alleged hearing explosions in the area. No casualties have been reported.
This most recent escalation follows another attack last Wednesday, in which rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel and a family home was struck in Beersheba
. Hamas refutes claims of responsibility for the attacks, whereas the IDF claims Hamas are the only party in Gaza with access to such a type of weaponry.
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