Hours after a Grad rocket was fired at the southern city of Beersheba, the Air Force retaliated by bombing four targets and a terror cell preparing to fire rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF said before dawn on Tuesday.
The army said all targets were hit, and that while carrying out the strikes, the terror cell was identified and hit just before firing the rockets in their possession.
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Palestinian sources in Gaza said one person was killed and two others injured.
According to medical sources affiliated with Hamas, two other Palestinians were wounded during the strikes. Among them was a youth injured when a smuggling tunnel was bombed.
"The army will not tolerate any attempt at harming the citizens of Israel and IDF soldiers and will continue to act with determination and force against any agent using terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is the address and the responsible party," the IDF stated.
Late Monday night, a grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open spaces outside Beersheba. No injuries or damage were reported.
Many residents rushed to shelters as a siren sounded throughout the city.
The rocket exploded as members of the Trachtenberg Committee were visiting Beersheba's social protest tent site. Protesters were forced to flee the site in order to take cover at a nearby educational center as the siren blared.
Following the explosion, Beersheba Mayor Rubik Danilovitch said he plans to ask Defense Minister Ehud Barak to redeploy an Iron Dome battery in the city.
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