Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza Strip, investigation underway

Third case of rocket fire into Israel since end of Operation Protective Edge; Report comes after announcement that Hamas is reconstructing tunnels; IAF strikes Hamas training facility in response Friday night

Rocket fired from Gaza into Israel (Edi Israel/Flash90)

Rocket fired from Gaza into Israel (Edi Israel/Flash90)

A Kassam rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel Friday morning. The rocket landed in an open area with no casualties or damages reported. The IDF believes the rocket fired is connected to Palestinians testing rocket fire potential.

Code Red sirens were heard in the Eshkol region in southern Israel followed by an explosion. The IDF investigated the area finding remains of the rocket.

It is the third case of a rocket being fired into Israel since the end of Operation Protective Edge over the summer, a ceasefire in place mediated by Egypt as Hamas refuses to directly negotiate with Israel.

It is unclear who fired the rocket, but there have been two reports of rocket firing into the Mediterranean Sea. In late November four rockets were fired into the Sea in what was reported as “Gaza terrorists are experimenting in order to increase rocket launching capabilities.”

No one has yet taken responsibility for the rocket fire. The incident comes after the announcement that reports are coming from within Gaza that Hamas has started reconstruction of tunnels in the Gaza Strip with materials provided from Israel for rebuilding construction.

The Israeli Air Force conducted an airstrike on a Hamas training facility area in the Gaza Strip late Friday night in retaliation for a rocket fired into Israel on Thursday.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed the strike hit a Hamas military wing “terrorist infrastructure”.
It is the first airstrike by Israel on Gaza since the end of Operation Protective Edge.