IDF Strikes Hamas Targets in Response to Gaza Rocket

There were no injuries or damage caused by the rocket, which landed in an open area; Hamas TV reports Israel shells targets in northern Gaza

A smoke plume rises in Gaza City after a reported Israeli airstrike on March 18, 2017 in return for rocket fire from the strip.
A smoke plume rises in Gaza City after a reported Israeli airstrike on March 18, 2017 in return for rocket fire from the strip. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP

The IDF has said it attacked two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night in response to rocket fire from the strip into southern Israel earlier in the evening.

The IDF stated that it considers Hamas solely responsible for the rocket fire.

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening. Shortly before 9 P.M., warning sirens blared in Ashkelon and the nearby Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

The rocket exploded in a nearby open area in Hof Ashkelon, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported, adding that there were no injuries or damage 

The Al-Aqsa channel of Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, reported later that evening that Israeli shells were fired at Hamas targets in the north of the strip. No injuries were recorded.

The last rockets fired from Gaza into Israel struck at the end of June. No damage or casualties were caused by that rocket, which struck the Israeli town of Sha'ar Hanegev. In response to that attack, the Israeli Air Force bombed Hamas targets in the coastal enclave

On July 12, rocket sirens sounded in the area, but the IDF later announced it was a false alarm.

More details to come