Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, IDF strikes Hamas targets

Rockets fired into Israel from Gaza Strip, one intercepted by Iron Dome; IDF retaliates with strikes in Strip, hitting numerous Hamas targets, killing two militants; Palestinians claim 25 injured; In third attack rocket explodes in Sderot, Dec. 8, 2017.

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel

 

The Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip Friday night in retaliation for rocket fire on Israel.

The IDF confirmed that the Air Force hit two Hamas targets- one a Hamas training facility and the second a weapons depot in its first airstrikes on Friday night after rockets were fired at southern Israel on Friday evening, the Iron Dome intercepting a rocket with no damages or injury reported. A third rocket from Gaza exploded in Sderot, with damages to vehicles reported.

The IAF again carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response, the IDF Spokespersons Unit reporting the IDF strikes were on Hamas weapons production sites and a weapons storage facility. Hamas reported that two of its militants were killed in strikes overnight.

The IDF released the statement “In response to the rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday, Israel air force aircraft targeted four facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the Gaza Strip.”

Hamas responded to the attacks, warning that “Israel bears full responsibility for any results of the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday [Friday], the spark of the intifada was lit and it will continue to blaze until we achieve our aim.”

Palestinian media reported 25 civilians injured in the IAF strikes.

The rocket attacks follow attacks on southern Israel on Thursday night, as well as riots and violent protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the border with Gaza where over 30 Palestinians clashed with IDF forces, with one Palestinian killed.

 

Photo: Rocket fire on southern Israel, CC