The Israel Air Force attacked a weapons cache and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night. The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Office said all targets were hit. There were no reports of injuries in the strike.
The army explained that the attack was a response to the firing of rockets and mortar shells into Israel in the past two weeks, saying it viewed Hamas as solely responsible for the situation in Gaza.
On Monday, the Color Red alert systems detected a rocket fired at the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage. Residents were ordered to enter fortified rooms and reported of a faint explosion sound.
About three weeks ago, Palestinian gunmen fired a Grad rocket at the Ofakim area, as well as two Qassam rockets and seven mortar shells at Gaza vicinity communities – all in one day. Some of the mortars contained phosphorus. The IDF bombed smuggling tunnels in response, injuring six Palestinians.
After a second strike, Hamas members fled most of the organization's headquarters and bases in the Strip for fear of another Israeli attack.
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