Israeli Army Strikes Gaza in Retaliation to Rocket Shot Toward Ashkelon

Israel's retaliation hit a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip following a week of tensions along the border

FILE PHOTO: A streak of light is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, July 2014
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Israel struck a Hamas military compound in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning. The Israeli army was responding to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday after tensions along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip flared up. The exchange caps a week of rocket fire at Israel by terror groups and responses in turn from the army.

When the rocket from Gaza was shot, sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the border. 

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The Health Ministry in Gaza on Wednesday said that three people were lightly wounded in the Israeli strike.

Thirteen rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel since last week President Donald Trump announced the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Eight of the rockets exploded in Israeli territory.

The Israeli military said late Monday it struck Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip retaliation for two rockets that were fired at southern Israel. One of the rockets was shot down by Israel's missile defense system.

In total, eight rockets were fired at Israel in over the past week. An additional three targeted Israel but landed in the Gaza Strip.