IDF strikes Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks

Hamas: Such attacks only strengthen the resolve of the Palestinian people.

A ROCKET IS fired toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip in February. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)
A ROCKET IS fired toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip in February.
The IDF struck targets belonging to Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Striplate Friday night in response to rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory earlier in the night.
During the IDF operation, a rocket weapon production site was targeted, in addition to underground infrastructure and a Hamas military post.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said after the strike that “the IDF condemns any kind of terror attacks against Israel, and it is ready and prepared to act in determinations against attempts to harm Israeli citizens and against Israeli sovereignty.
“Hamas is responsible for the actions carried out from and inside the Gaza Strip, and it will bear the consequences for all terror emanating from Gaza against Israeli citizens,” it said.
Two Palestinians were reportedly lightly injured as a result of the attack. According to Ynet, a source in Gaza said that shrapnel caused by the bombing hit a hospital for children and a center for disabled persons situated in the coastal enclave.
“Attacks by the IDF won’t break the will of the Palestinian people, but strengthen their resolve to insist on their rights,” a Hamas statement released after the attacks read.
This came late Friday night after sirens were heard in Ashkelon, and in the Gaza border communities of Mavki’im, Karmiya, Zikim, and Netiv Ha’asara.
The IDF confirmed soon after that its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two missiles in the sky above Ashkelon.
One woman was reportedly taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon to be treated for anxiety following the interception.
The last rocket attack launched on Israel occurred a month ago on November 21. It was not intercepted by the Iron Dome and instead landed on a factory, causing damage.
A week prior, two rockets were launched towards Israel. However, Israeli defense forces estimated that the attack occurred by accident after lightning struck a loaded rocket-launcher, Kan News reported.
Palestinian sources claimed at the time that neither Hamas nor the Palestinian Islamic Jihad had intended for the attack to happen, and would therefore investigate the reportedly accidental launch.