Rocket Fired From Gaza Strikes Southern Israel Near Border

No damages or casualties reported

A rocket fired from Gaza struck an Israeli community near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed. There were no damages or casualties in the incident at Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

According to the IDF, the Islamic Jihad organization is responsible for the rocket fire. The incident is relatively unusual, considering the rocket's range. Israeli warplanes targeted two Hamas positions in response to the rocket fire, the Israeli army said in a statement. No injuries were reported and rescue teams were dispatched to the targeted places, said Ashraf al-Qedra, a Gaza Health Ministry spokesman.

Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has been mostly quiet over the last months. Last March a rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area in Israeli territory, causing no injuries. Israel responded with aircraft and artillery fire, targeting Hamas positions in northern Gaza.

The Israeli army's policy is to respond "disproportionately" to rocket fire toward Israel's border from Gaza, the IDF chief of staff told a parliamentary panel at the time.

"The Israel Defense Force employs a policy of using aggressive, and disproportionate, force in order to prevent situations in which they fire rockets at us and we return shells," Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot  told the State Control Committee. "For us, there is one address in the Strip: Hamas."

The chief of staff went to elaborate that Israel does not "attack sand dunes or empty storehouses. Every rocket or shell we fired was toward a target of value. [Such as] manufacturing means," Eisenkot said. "Hundreds of targets have been attacked since Operation Protective Edge (the Israeli campaign against Gaza in the summer of 2014)."