IDF tanks fired artillery shells into open space in the eastern Gaza Strip in Bureij Thursday afternoon, according to a Palestinian report. While the military has yet to confirm the reports, the fire comes shortly after a rocket was launched from the Hamas-controlled strip into Israel and landed in open space.
In response, an IDF tank fired shells at a Hamas outpost east of Al-Bureij in Gaza. Palestinians reported that the outpost belongs to the force responsible for preventing rocket fire.
No injuries or damages were reported from the rocket fire. However, residents were forced, upon hearing the sounding of the Red Alert, to seek shelter for a second time in two consecutive days. Security forces immediately began scouring the area in search for a possble fallen rocket.
The siren comes just one day after an explosion was caused by a rocket landing on Wednesday morning in the southern city of Sderot, the residents of which have become well accustomed to running to shelters, repeatedly bearing the brunt of the barrage of Hamas fire.
Shortly after the rocket attack, which the Iron Dome missile defense system failed to intercept, the Israel Air Force retaliated with a bombardment of fresh airstrikes on Hamas targets in the strip, pounding military outposts spread across the enclave.