Israeli Army Strikes Hamas Position in Retaliation for Gaza Rocket

No red alert sirens were sounded and no landing site was found in Israeli territory

File photo: Authorities inspect a rocket fired from Gaza that landed in Israeli territory.
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The army has confirmed that a rocket was launched from Gaza towards Israel on Thursday night. Sirens did not go off and no landing site has been identified within Israeli territory.

In response, the army attacked a Hamas observation post in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the IDF spokesman, the post was attacked from the air.

The spokesman also reported that earlier in the evening four suspects who had crossed the border fence in the southern part of the Gaza Strip were apprehended. They were carrying knives and a grenade. The four were delivered to the general security service for interrogation.

Two weeks ago, the IDF attacked a tunnel under the Kerem Shalom crossing at the southern Gaza Strip. Hamas claims it was for smuggling goods into Gaza. According to the army, the tunnel was intended to smuggle weapons and fighters for terrorist attacks. 

Earlier in January, the IDF attacked another tunnel in response to shooting. Since U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December, more than 45 rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza strip into Israel.