Israeli Jets Strike in Gaza After Rocket Fire on South

Air Force jets hit Hamas target in Gaza Strip; rocket exploded in open area of Israel's south.

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An Israeli F-16 fighter jet.
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet.Credit: AP

Israeli jets struck a Hamas-affiliated target inside the Gaza Strip early Monday morning in retaliation for a rocket fired at Israel on Sunday evening, said a military spokesperson.

The rocket was fired at Israel's southern communities near the border with the Gaza, exploding in an open area.

No damage or injuries were caused.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility in wake of the rocket attack.

"The IDF sees the terrorist organization Hamas as solely responsible for events in Gaza and we will continue to act firmly to maintain quiet in southern towns," said the spokesperson.

At the beginning of January, five rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, in an attack that was claimed by the "Aj'nad Beit al-Maqdis" (Soldiers of the Holy Temple) organization, a group ideologically affiliated with Al-Qaida.

Two weeks ago, the Israel Air Force struck a cell that was planting explosives in the northern Gaza Strip, near the border fence. Officials in Gaza reported that one person was killed and three were wounded in the attack.

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