Hours after a rocket barrage rocked southern Israeli communities, hackers breached the website of the Habima National Theater on Monday, temporarily replacing the homepage with a message: "Hackers from Gaza were here."
An official at the theater, however, said that experts who looked into the malfunction noted that it is possible the site was hacked by individuals based in Turkey.
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"As a national theater we have become a target for those wishing to undermine Israel by various means," Habima General Manager Odelia Friedman said in a statement. "Due to this incident, we were forced to shut down the site for a short period. The theater's computer staff is making efforts to restore normal activity on the site."
Message that replaced website's homepage
Some 55 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza towards communities in the Eshkol Regional Council on Monday morning. No injuries were reported, but shrapnel damaged buildings and cars. Several goats were killed when one blast hit a petting zoo.
The Az-Adin Al-Qassam Brigades and the Al-Quds Brigades, the military arms of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, saying that it was a retaliation against Sunday's IAF strike on Gaza terrorists.
The IDF struck back, firing at Hamas bases and rocket-launching cells in northern Gaza. Palestinian sources said five people were injured.
Earlier Monday sources in Gaza said that one of the terrorists hit in Sunday's IAF strike, Abdullah Maqawi, has died of his wounds. Maqawi, an operative in the global jihad movement, was critically injured when IAF aircraft struck the motorcycle he was riding with another operative in Rafah. The second terrorist, Muhammad Jarbi, was injured as well.
Gilad Morag contributed to the report
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