Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza for Second Night in a Row After Rocket Fire

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A rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel in 2014.
A rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel in 2014.Credit: Amir Cohen / Reuters

The Israeli army struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday, hours after a rocket had been fired toward southern Israel for the second night in a row.

"IDF jets struck a Hamas training facility, military post and concrete manufacturing site in Gaza overnight Friday," the army said in a statement.  

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The army statement added that "the strike was carried out as a response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel earlier this evening."

Earlier, a rocket was fired toward southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday evening for the second day in a row, the Israeli army has said.

The Israeli army said that they had identified one rocket that had been launched toward Israel and that rocket sirens had sounded in the towns of Holit and Sdei Avraham. The army added that the circumstances of the incident were under investigation.

The Eshkol regional council said, "it seems that [the rocket] landed in an open area, outside of town. At the moment the army is carrying out scans of the area. No one has been hurt and there are no reports of material damage."

Israeli fighter jets attacked Hamas targets in Gaza overnight Thursday after a rocket was fired earlier in the evening from the enclave.

"IDF fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a Hamas weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel and a military post," the military said in a statement. 

The rocket fired from Gaza fell in an open area in the south of Israel on Thursday evening, authorities said, as the country's Independence Day drew to a close.

The city of Sderot said a siren had sounded in the area and that a rocket had fallen in an open area outside the city, which is near the Gaza Strip. No injuries or property damage were reported, Sderot and its regional council, Sha'ar Hanegev, said.

Last month, a rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area near the southern city of Be'er Sheva as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting as part of his Election Day efforts to encourage his supporters to go vote.

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