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Police sappers near the home hit by a rocket, Sunday night
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IDF strikes in northern Gaza in response to rocket fire
IAF planes attack six Hamas targets in the strip, including a military compound serving as a training site and terror infrastructures, after two rockets explode in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on Sunday evening, one causing damage to a house.
Israel Air Force planes attacked six Hamas targets in northern Gaza on Sunday night, including a military compound serving as a training site and terror infrastructures, in response to rockets fired from the strip into Israel earlier in the evening.

 

 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement that "Hamas is exclusively responsible for the situation in the Gaza Strip. The IDF takes the firing of rockets at Israeli communities very seriously and will not allow any harm or attempt to harm the citizens of the State of Israel."

 

Rocket hits home in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, Sunday evening (Photo: Roee Idan)
Rocket hits home in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, Sunday evening (Photo: Roee Idan)

 

Three air raid sirens were sounded in the Ashkelon industrial zone and in nearby communities at 2:51 am Monday. According to the IDF, the sirens were activated as a result of a failed launch, which caused a rocket to explode within the Gaza Strip.

 

Two rockets were fired earlier Sunday night from the Gaza strip, with one exploding near the Hof Ashkelon Regional Coucil near the Gaza border, less than a week after multiple rockets were fired at southern Israel.

  

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Video: Roee Idan

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The second rocket landed in an open, uninhabited field nearby.

 

A residential home sustained damage from the rocket, but there were no casualties in the launch—the 18th to have taken place since President Donald Trump announced Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

  

 (Photo: Roee Idan)
(Photo: Roee Idan)

 

The attack comes just days after the IAF attacked three Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip last Thursday in response to four rockets that were fired at Israel hours before.

 

A Code Red Alert was sounded at 8:48 pm moments prior to the landing in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and resident of the area reported they heard a large explosion shortly after.

  

Tensions have remained high in recent weeks over Trump's announcement, with militants in the strip incensed by the move and using the opportunity to launch rockets indiscriminately at neighboring Israeli communities.

  

In a statement after the latest provocation, Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev regional council, said: "This evening, again, a red alert sounded in the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip, and this time there is also damage to the homes of residents, though thank god no one was hurt."

 

The second rocket that landed in a nearby community
The second rocket that landed in a nearby community

 

"We expect and demand that the security forces respond with force and make it clear to the terrorists that the State of Israel is determined not to allow the continued firing," he added. "We are not prepared for the state of emergency to become routine in our lives, and need to say clearly that we are strong and determined (to fight against it—ed)."

 

 Maya, whose house was hit by the rocket, told Ynet that she and her family "returned from lighting Hanukkah candles when the siren caught us at the entrance to the house. We ran to the bomb shelter, me, my husband and my two sons, and then there was a huge explosion."

 

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

 

"My car was destroyed by shrapnel," she added, lamenting that "unfortunately, we are experienced in this. The children are in shock, but we are in control."

 

On Friday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman reiterated his claims that the recent barrage of rockets were not the result of an emboldened Hamas and a diminished Israeli deterrence, but rather the result of internal feuds that have ensued following the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

  

But despite the narrative, southern Israeli residents have become increasingly frustrated with the notion that Code Red Alerts are rapidly becoming a norm in their daily lives.

 


First published: 12.18.17, 08:19
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