A rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas on Monday test-fired at least one longrange missile into the Mediterranean Sea, according to a Channel 2 report.
Residents situated in Israel’s southern communities reported hearing an explosion following the event, the report added.
Hamas frequently launches rockets into the sea, honing its technological capabilities for a possible future confrontation with Israel.
Palestinian terrorists often shoot rockets into Israeli territory as well, with a number landing in residential areas located primarily in the South.Earlier this month,
Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired two rockets at Sderot, setting off air raid sirens and narrowly missing homes. The rockets exploded in a road in the southern town, failing to cause physical injuries, but sending one local resident into shock.
Following the attacks, an ISIS-linked Salafi jihadists group in Gaza claimed responsibility.
An online statement said the attacks were part of the “jihad against Jews,” and a response to the arrest by Hamas of five Salafi operatives in recent days.
The Israel Air Force struck a number of Hamas terrorist targets in response in northern and southern Gaza. An additional Hamas target was hit by IDF tank fire in northern Gaza.