One mortar landed in the grounds of a kindergarten in the Eshkol Regional Council, said a municipality spokesperson. No children were at the kindergarten at the time. Images showed damage caused to the outside walls of the kindergarten by shrapnel from the mortar.
לוחמי ההגנה האווירית של חיל האוויר בהפעלה של משגר של כיפת ברזל בעוטף עזה המשגר טילים מיירטים לעבר מטח של 25 פצצות מרגמה שירה הג׳יהאד האיסלמי. pic.twitter.com/48xbbjvrQN— Or Heller אור הלר (@OrHeller) May 29, 2018
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF will respond with force following Tuesday morning's events."Israel views the attacks on its cities by Hamas and Islamic Jihad severely, the IDF will react with great force, and Israel will exact a heavy price from anyone who tries to harm it," Netanyahu said at the Galilee Conference. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman convened a special meeting with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and senior security officials at the IDF's headquarters in response to the escalation.A spokesperson from Palestinian Islamic Jihad praised the rocket fire, calling it a "blessed response" and stating that "our people's blood is not cheap." The militant group neither claimed nor rejected responsibility for the attack. The incident comes amid rising tensions on the Gaza-Israel border. On Monday evening, several homes and cars in the southern Israeli city of Sderot were struck by machine gunfire mere hours after one Palestinian was killed by an IDF tank shell after an exchange of fire with IDF troops in the northern Gaza Strip.The gunfight ensued after two Gazans armed with knives, wire cutters and incendiary material were caught trying to breach the security fence. According to a statement released by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, troops were targeted with gunfire during the arrest, leading to the IDF responding with tank fire against a nearby observation post.The incident comes after the IDF confirmed Sunday that a drone armed with explosives launched from the northern part of the Gaza Strip landed in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council last week.Anna Ahronheim contributed to this story.
Following reports of sirens that sounded earlier this morning, a barrage of projectiles were identified from the Gaza Strip at a number of locations in Israel. Several intercepts were made. The details are being reviewed— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 29, 2018