Israel Strikes Hamas Military Targets in Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

Rocket shot toward Israel landed within Gaza ■ Other rocket explodes in an open area in southern Israel ■ 19 Rockets fired from Gaza at Israel since Trump's Jerusalem speech

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The rocket fired from Gaza onto residential property in Ashkelon on Sunday, December 17.
The rocket fired from Gaza onto residential property in Ashkelon on Sunday, December 17.Credit: Israel Police
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The Israel Air Force attacked two Hamas targets in the north of the Gaza Strip on Monday night in retaliation for earlier rocket fire aimed at Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit has confirmed.

The military said that Israel Air Force jets targeted a military compound of the terror organization, assaulting six different targets within it such as buildings and terror infrastructures.

Two rockets were fired at Israel, with one landing in the yard of a home in a village within the Eshkol Regional Council. The other rocket exploded in an open area. No injuries were reported. A third rocket was fired at Israel from Gaza but landed in the Strip. 

Rocket alarm sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border prior to the blasts. Residents of a local community told Haaretz they heard an explosion. 

“Tonight, another rocket alarm siren went off in the communities next to Gaza, and this time, a resident’s house was damaged. Thank God, there was no bodily or spiritual harm,” said Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

File photo: A rocket fired from Gaza explodes in Israeli territory.

“We expect and demand that the security apparatuses issue a strong response, and clarify to the terrorists that the State of Israel will not allow the fire to continue. We will not accept a situation in which emergency becomes routine. We must say clearly that we are strong and determined, and that we are in control of security forces,” Idan said.

19 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel since U.S. President Donald Trump’s December 6th announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is the largest number of rockets fired at Israel since Israel’s last offensive with Hamas in the summer of 2014.

The military also said on Monday that overnight, several thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip clashed with IDF troops. According to the army, the Palestinians burned tires and hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at the forces. The IDF responded by shooting and by using other riot dispersal means. 

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