IAF helicopter shoots.
(photo credit: IDF)
Despite a decision by Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday to cut electricity to the Gaza Strip in response to Kassam attacks, no such action was taken after five rockets fired from Gaza landed Friday evening in open fields south of Ashkelon and near Sderot. No one was wounded in the attack.
A fire sparked by one of the rockets in a Sderot textile factory was extinguished.
The Islamic Jihad group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
These attacks came a day after Barak authorized a plan to cut electricity for an initial 15 minutes after each rocket attack, gradually increasing the length of outages if the attacks continue. No such cut was reported after Friday's barrage.
Earlier Friday, a missile fired by an IAF aircraft killed a Hamas operative and seriously wounded another during an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.
Hamas said the gunmen were attacked from the air near Gaza City.
The army said the gunmen were approaching IDF troops operating near the Gaza-Israel border when the aircraft opened fire.
Also Friday morning, a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza landed in the western Negev. No one was wounded and no damage was reported.
The IDF has been recently carrying out regular operations against Gaza terrorists in an effort to stop Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel.
Also Friday morning, the IDF reported that six Palestinians had been arrested in the Nablus area on suspicion of involvement in a shooting rampage in Samaria in which a soldier and a civilian were wounded.
The Palestinian Ma'an news agency said that among the detainees were three brothers, all Fatah operatives. Wednesday's attack began at the Ariel junction, where terrorists sprayed a hitchhiking post with bullets from 100 to 150 meters away before speeding down a busy road while firing at passing cars.