IDF strikes Gaza after gunfire from Strip hits building in southern Israel

No injuries were reported in the shooting on Netiv Ha'asara nor in the IDF strike later in the day.

 Bullet fired at Netiv Ha'asara from the Gaza Strip, July 19, 2022 (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Bullet fired at Netiv Ha'asara from the Gaza Strip, July 19, 2022
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The IDF struck outposts belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, after a bullet fired from the Strip hit an industrial building in the Israeli town of Netiv Ha'asara near the border earlier in the day, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

No injuries were reported in the shooting on Netiv Ha'asara nor in the IDF strikes later in the day.

The IDF's confirmation of the gunfire came over three hours after it was first reported by Israeli media. The incident comes just days after four rockets were fired from Gaza towards southern Israel.

In June, machine gunfire from Gaza also hit a building in the town.

A Hamas outpost was constructed earlier this year overlooking Netiv Ha'asara. While the outpost was hit by the IDF in strikes conducted in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip last month, it was rebuilt in a matter of days.

 Israeli soldiers near the site of where a jeep burned up in flames, injuring 2 and killing one, following a direct hit by a missile fired from Gaza, into southern Israel, in Netiv Asara. May 12, 2021 (credit: GILI YAARI/FLASH90) Israeli soldiers near the site of where a jeep burned up in flames, injuring 2 and killing one, following a direct hit by a missile fired from Gaza, into southern Israel, in Netiv Asara. May 12, 2021 (credit: GILI YAARI/FLASH90)

On Saturday, four rockets were fired from Gaza towards southern Israel. The IDF struck military sites belonging to Hamas in the Strip in response.

In late December, a civilian working on the Gaza border fence was shot and lightly wounded near the border with the northern Gaza Strip. The IDF responded to that incident with artillery fire.