After rocket attack, Israeli jets strike targets in Gaza Strip | World Defense

After rocket attack, Israeli jets strike targets in Gaza Strip


Dec 26, 2014
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After rocket attack, Israeli jets strike targets in Gaza Strip | The Times of Israel

he Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning, hours after a projectile fired from the coastal enclave fell in southern Israel, causing no damage.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the bombardments across the Palestinian coastal enclave.

The IDF said in a statement that it targeted four sites of terror infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire at southern Israel on Tuesday evening. The military said it confirmed direct hits.

“The reality that Hamas’s territory is used as a staging ground to attack Israel is unacceptable and intolerable and will bear consequences,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.

The planes targeted training camps belonging to the Islamic Jihad in Rafah, Khan Yunis and Gaza City, the witnesses said.

A video posted on Facebook claimed to show footage of one of the Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip.

A Hamas official said the group was working to calm the situation with rival Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Wednesday morning that Israel wouldn’t tolerate a return to regular rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, adding that if calm doesn’t return to the south the residents of Gaza would pay a heavy price. He said Israel holds Hamas responsible for all hostilities toward Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Although Hamas did not take credit for the rocket fire, and sources in the Gaza Strip said the rocket was likely fired by members of the Islamic Jihad, Israel had maintained that it holds the governing terror group responsible for all attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Tuesday night, shortly after 9 p.m. as alarms sounded across the region, the Israeli army said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the rocket, which landed near the town of Gan Yavne, outside Ashdod, according to an IDF statement.