ISIS-linked group claims responsibility for rocket fire on southern Israel

Salafist militant organization lauds attempt to make "Jewish blood" flow after Friday night's projectile attack.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
January 2, 2016 15:20
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Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A Salafi terrorist group associated with Islamic State claimed responsibility for the volley of rockets fired at southern Israel on Friday night.

"We take responsibility for the rocket bombardment on the Sderot settlement at 11:07 p.m. Friday night.  Praised God, we allowed for Jewish blood [to flow] and we turned their night to day. We activated alarms in all of southern occupied Palestine," read a statement allegedly issued by group Ajnad Bayt al-Maqdis.

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Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel on Friday night, with two of the projectiles landing in Israeli territory. Three other rockets landed near the security fence inside the coastal Palestinian enclave.

There were no injuries or damage reported. Rocket sirens sounded in Sderot and other Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip prior to the rockets' landing.

In response to the rocket fire, the Israel Air Force attacked early on Saturday morning two military installations and two terrorist infrastructure targets belonging to Hamas in the coastal territory.

The military placed responsibility on Hamas for all terror activity that emanates from the Gaza Strip.

Yasser Okbi/Maariv Hashavua contributed to this report.


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