Gaza Rocket Hits Southern Israel for Second Time in 24 Hours

Israel attacks Gaza with tank fire in response. Rocket fire comes day after similar attack on border city of Sderot, prompting Israeli response.

Security forces respond after rocket alarm sirens sound in Sderot, Israel, October 5, 2016.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday triggering sirens in a southern Israeli community near the border. The Israeli army said it responded with tank fire.

This is the second rocket launch from Gaza at Israel in the past 24 hours. The military said that the rocket apparently exploded in an open area. No injuries were reported.

Less than an hour later, Palestinian reports said Israel attacked a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli army however said its tanks fired rounds at a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip.

"We are not ready to return to a routine fire from Gaza," Gadi Yarkoni, the head of the Eshkol Regional Council bordering with Gaza said. "We trust the political leadership and the security forces will do whatever is necessary to keep the peace and security of the residents."

Israelis sit outside their home near the site where a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit in the southern Israeli town of Sderot. October 5, 2016.
Jack Guez

On Wednesday, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded in the Israeli border city of Sderot. There were no injuries. The Israeli army responded with tank fire and airstrikes targeting Hamas positions in Gaza.

The military said that the Israeli fire was aimed at Hamas targets in the northern and southern Strip. According to reports from Gaza, most of the strikes targeted a certain area in the Zeitoun neighborhood in the eastern side of Gaza city.

The Salafist group Ahfad al-Sahaba knaf Bayt al-Maqdis, which has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. The group said the shooting was carried out as "part of the consistent jihad against the Jews" and following the arrest of four of its operatives by Hamas a few days ago..