Two additional rockets landed in open areas. The Salah al-Din Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees' military wing, claimed responsibility for firing the rockets.
In total, more than 10 rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Most of them landed in open areas. One of the rockets hit an area near a strategic facility in Ashkelon's southern industrial zone, another landed near southern kibbutzim, and the others landed near communities in the Sdot Negev regional council, not far from the town of Netivot.
House hit by Qassam (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov)
Tuesday evening's barrage followed the targeted killing of the deputy commander of the Salah al-Din Brigades by the IDF. The assassination took place in the central Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, the strike targeted a vehicle carrying a senior wanted Palestinian responsible for firing rockets at Israel.
"Hasanat's fate is similar to that of the rest of the shahids (martyrs), our people. We shall continue the resistance against Israel everywhere, including through terror attacks and activities planned by Hasanat himself," Abu Abir said.
The "Sderot task force", headed by Sderot resident Alon Davidi, said in response to the rocket fire, "We support the government's military activity in Gaza and call on it to go ahead with its moral battle against the missile terror from the Gaza Strip.
Ali Waked contributed to this report