For Second Night in a Row, Israeli Air Force Attacks Hamas Targets in Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

Second rocket in 24 hours fired from Gaza toward Israel only hours beforehand; false alarm sounded at around midnight

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from Gaza after Israeli forces sustain fire
\ Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Israeli air force hit late Friday night two Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire at Israel.

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Friday evening, marking the second such incident in 24 hours. Rocket sirens sounded in the northern Negev, in the Shaar Hanegev regional council near the Gaza border at around 9:40 P.M.

The army said in a statement after midnight Friday that air force planes hit "terror targets belonging to Hamas" in the southern part of the Strip. They said the two targets were part of a military facility. During the fighter jets' sortie, a rocket alarm was triggered, apparently by mistake and the army said it was looking into the cause of what was most likely a false alarm.

The Israeli army attacked a Hamas observation post in the northern Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to a rocket fired from the coastal enclave toward Israel. According to the IDF spokesman, the Hamas post was attacked from the air.