Smoke from explosion in Gaza Strip [file].
(photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)
The IAF launched airstrikes on the Palestinian Gaza Strip on Tuesday,
the first such attack since a truce ended an eight-day cross-border war
"Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza,
there were no wounded," a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry
said. The IDF confirmed that it had launched airstrikes on a two terror targets in northern Gaza and recorded direct hits.
The airstrike followed the
firing of a Palestinian projectile from Gaza which exploded in
southern Israel’s Eshkol region on Tuesday. The explosion occurred in an
open area, and did not cause any injuries.
The IDF said it did not immediately know if the projectile was a mortar shell or a rocket.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian mortar fired at Israel failed to cross the border, and fell inside the Gaza Strip.
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the projectiles.
The projectile attack came hours after the remains of a rocket
likely fired into southern Israel during US President Barack Obama’s
visit to Israel last month were found in a kindergarten in Sderot,
according to police.
The rocket’s remains were not located
previously because the kindergarten had been closed for the Passover
holiday, police added.
Police sappers were on the scene to safely dispose of the rocket.
and Hamas agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce in November, after eight
days of fighting, in which 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were
Israel launched the 2012 offensive with the declared aim of ending Palestinian rocket fire into its territory.Ben Hartman contributed to this report.