Israel Strikes Hamas Position in Response to Gaza Rocket Fire

This is the second rocket attack from the strip in 24 hours ■ IDF chief says the situation in Gaza is volatile, complex and could escalate rapidly

File photo: A light trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, July 29, 2014.
File photo: A light trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, July 29, 2014. Reuters

A rocket fired from the Gaza strip landed in an open field in Israel's southern Eshkol Regional Council on Sunday night. There were no casualties and no damage was caused. In response, the IDF attacked a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip.

This is the second rocket firing from the Gaza Strip in 24 hours. Earlier Sunday a rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip exploded mid-air. No damage was caused in this attack either. IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said on Monday that the situation in the area is volatile, adding that though since operation Protective Edge in 2014 the security situation in the Gaza Strip has been quiet, it remains complex. According to Eizenkot, hostilities could escalate quickly.

The IDF estimated that the security escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem following the Temple Mount crisis could lead to an escalation in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday, 30 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.