An IDF tank attacked a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday after three rockets were fired from Gaza, setting off rocket-warning sirens in Yad Mordechai and Netiv Ha’asara in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon, according to the IDF.
Palestinian media carried initial reports of wounded Palestinians due to tank fire the IDF conducted in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip earlier on Wednesday. An Al Mayadeen correspondent reported that injuries were caused by IDF tank fire on two posts in the Beit Lahiya area in the northern Gaza Strip.
The Gazan Ministry of Health announced that it was keeping track of the situation and that there were no injuries reported from the attack. According to the Palestinian Shehab News Agency, no injuries were caused by the incident.
At around the same time, Al Mayadeen reported that a group of Palestinians crossed the Gaza border and stole IDF electronics before withdrawing back to Gaza unharmed.
Police were called to a town near the Gaza border where a rocket fell. Another rocket fell near a town in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, and shrapnel hit the courtyard of a house, causing minor damage. No injuries were reported in either incident.
Sirens went off in the area of southern Ashkelon on Wednesday afternoon. Later, the IDF put out a statement saying that these were false alarms.
In response to the recent escalation, Blue and White co-leader Benny Gantz called for intensifying attacks against Gaza, including targeted assassinations, according to Globes.
“We have two basic demands that we cannot give up on: complete quiet from the Gaza Strip and the return of our sons,” said Gantz. “After these two things happen, we can and we need to begin regional agreements and infrastructure development in Gaza. Human beings live there, too.”
On Tuesday night, rockets were fired toward Ashdod and Ashkelon. Rocket-warning sirens went off in Ashdod and Ashkelon
at about 9 p.m. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket, while another fell in an open field near Ashkelon.
In response, the IDF attacked 15 positions belonging to terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. Targets included a site used to manufacture weapons, a naval compound and a terrorist tunnel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
was giving a campaign speech in Ashdod when the sirens went off and was escorted off stage. He resumed his speech about 20 minutes later. After the event, he went to the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv to meet with military and security officials.
Rossella Tercatin contributed to this report.