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Rocket fire at Sha'ar Hanegev, IDF retaliates
Following the sounding of a Code Red siren early Monday morning in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, the IDF retaliates against Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip; Rocket apparently landed in Hamas territory.
The IDF announced that the Israeli Air Force attacked terror infrastructure belonging to Hamas in the northern area of the Gaza Strip following rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled enclave.

 

 

The rocket fire, which occurred early Monday morning at the start of the Simchat Torah holiday, was in the direction of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council and prompted Code Red sirens to sound in the area.

 

Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

 

Hamas rocket fire    ( צילום: רשת הדרום )

Hamas rocket fire

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Following a search, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced that the rocket had not fallen in Israeli territory and most likely fell within the Gaza Strip. Furthermore, the IDF noted that it holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for actions in the Gaza Strip.

 

The holiday season has largely been quiet near the Gaza Strip, despite several rockets and subsequent retaliatory responses by the IDF in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Three weeks ago, a Qassam rocket exploded on a road near a school in Sderot. Three people were treated for shock. The IDF responded by striking at dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip, among them Hamas strategic assets. A similar incident occurred in August, drawing retaliatory strikes following rocket fire toward Sderot.

 

IDF airstrike in Gaza in retaliation to rocket attack (Photo: Reuters)
IDF airstrike in Gaza in retaliation to rocket attack

 

This is the fourth rocket to fall in Sderot and the 42nd to be fired since the end of Operation Protective Edge two years ago. In most cases, rogue elements within in the Gaza Strip, some of whom identify with ISIS, were responsible for the rocket fire. This is in contradiction to Hamas, which largely attempts to maintain quiet in order to prepare for the next confrontation against the IDF.

 


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