Rocket Fired From Gaza Explodes in Southern Israel

Israeli aircraft strikes target in northern Gaza in response to the shooting; Lieberman: Government willing to accept this situation has no right to exist.

An Aug. 21, 2014 file photo of a light trail made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
AFP

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded Tuesday night in southern Israel, in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

A rocket siren just after 10 P.M. and the Israel Defense Forces said that it identified a rocket being fired from the northern part of the coastal territory. The rocket struck an open field between two communities in the council. There were no reports of damages or casualties.

In response to the shooting, an Israel Air Force aircraft struck a target in the northern Gaza Strip, the army said. According to a statement published by the Spokesperson's Unit, the rocket launcher that was used to fire the rocket late on Tuesday was hit in the attack. The military sees Hamas responsible for the shooting, it added.

The IDF's Gaza Division said it believes the rocket was launched by Salafi groups, like in the previous incidents over recent months, but that it was still not clear what launched the militants to fire. No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's fire yet.

The chairman of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, Yair Farjun, said: "It doesn't matter to us who fired the rocket. Hamas is responsible and we won't let them set our daily schedule."

A rocket was last fired at the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council 10 days ago. 

MK Haim Yellin, a former chairman of the southern Eshkol Regional Council, said following the rocket fire that Israel's "commission of inquiry on the next war must start its work now, and not when the IDF is forces to embark on a military operation after months of fire on civilian community."

"I expect the UN secretary general to harshly condemn the war crime carried out tonight from the Gaza Strip," he said.

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman said: "Whoever is willing to accept the drizzle will in the end find himself in downpour. We must not accept this situation. A government willing to accept this situation less than a year after a military operation which cost the lives of soldiers and disrupted lives in an entire country over the course of two months has no right to exist."