Israel Strikes 'Central Terrorist Infrastructure' in Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

Three rockets were fired earlier at Israeli communities ■ Army says will operate 'below and above ground' to thwart attacks

Israeli planes strike targets in Gaza following rocket fire on Israeli border communities, December 30, 2017.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israel Air Forces struck "central terrorist infrastructure" targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday, said the Israeli army spokesperson in a statement.

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"The IDF will continue to employ all measures available to it below and above ground to thwart attempted attacks on Israeli citizens," the military said in an unusual statement. "We are prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios, and we will work to face every attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty."

After previous rocket fire from Gaza the Israeli miltiary said it attacked Hamas positions in Gaza.

Earlier on Wednesday, three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli communities near the border, the Israeli army confirmed. All the rockets exploded in open areas, causing no injuries or damage, the army said. In the first two cases, sirens did not sound, while a siren sounded for the third one.

The army also said on Wednesday morning that Islamic Jihad was behind Friday's rocket attack, in which militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel that disrupted a ceremony for a fallen IDF soldier.

The Israel Air Force hit a Hamas military compound in the Strip early Tuesday morning. The rocket was in retaliation to an earlier rocket fired from Gaza, which struck an open area in southern Israel on Monday. There were no casualties or damage in the incident.