Yet another flare-up between the Israeli army and Hamas militants in Gaza played out overnight on Wednesday, as the IDF struck the car of a Hamas operative said to be involved in the launching of flaming kites into Israel.
The Israeli military confirmed twelve rocket launches toward Israel from Gaza over the course of the night, adding that three projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. No information is currently available on the other nine rockets.
Multiple rocket sirens began sounded in southern Israeli communities near the Gaza border starting at around 1.30 A.M. on Wednesday, with sixteen alarm sirens sounding in communities such as in Shaar Hanegev, Hof Ashkelon, Eshkol Regional Council, as well as Sdot Negev and Sderot.
The IDF spokesperson said the army targeted two Hamas positions in Gaza using both aircraft and tank fire, adding that a fighter jet also struck a car in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
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"At the same time, the Hamas terror organization was carrying out a ballistic attack against Israel. The organization will bear the consequences of terrorism and instability," the statement read.
Last week, some 45 rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel overnight on Tuesday after the Israeli military struck Hamas infrastructure in the Strip in response to burning balloons being launched from the enclave into Israel.