Israeli fighter jets attacked several Hamas warehouses after four rockets from the Gaza strip were fired into southern Israel on Saturday, the IDF Spokesperson said.
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The Hamas sites include underground rocket production facilities, which were targeted in response to two rockets being fired early Saturday and another two fired several hours later, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.
"The site attacked is one of the most important and largest sites in the Gaza Strip for the production of raw rocket materials for terrorist organizations," the IDF statement added.
One rocket was intercepted by Israeli air defense systems while three fell into open areas. Red alert sirens were heard in the city of Ashkelon and in the Lachish region. No injuries were reported.
This comes not long after U.S. President Joe Biden left Israel for Saudi Arabia.
Palestinian and Egyptian sources with whom Haaretz spoke on Saturday morning said that despite the rocket fire and the Israeli response, they do not expect the situation to escalate. The sources said that Hamas and Israel spoke overnight via Egyptian mediators in order to prevent further violence and to limit the scope of an Israeli counterstrike.
Even though no Palestinian faction claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, the sources said, the launch signals that Hamas – and the Gaza Strip – exists, and that it is impossible to ignore it, as U.S. President Joe Biden seemed to during his visit, in which the Gaza Strip went unmentioned.
In June, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel and intercepted by an Iron Dome system.
In April, a number of rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, and one of them fell in the yard of a house in Sderot without exploding.