Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli communities near the border, the Israeli army confirmed. All the rockets exploded in open areas, causing no injuries or damage, the army said. In the first two cases, sirens did not sound, while a siren sounded for the third one.
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The army also said on Wednesday morning that Islamic Jihad was behind Friday's rocket attack, in which militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel that disrupted a ceremony for a fallen Israel Defense Forces soldier.
The Israel Air Force hit a Hamas military compound in the Strip early Tuesday morning. The rocket was in retaliation to an earlier rocket fired from Gaza, which struck an open area in southern Israel on Monday. There were no casualties or damage in the incident.
Commenting on additional rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal enclave in the span of a week, the head of the IDF took Israeli politicians to task Tuesday for advocating a tough Israeli military reaction in the Gaza Strip.
Without naming names, army chief Gadi Eisenkot said during a speech: “I hear irresponsible calls to react with maximum force to rockets fired from Gaza. It’s not the right thing to do.”
Speaking at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Eisenkot said Israel will not accept the firing of a single rocket but must respond in a nuanced way. “We apply varying degrees of force,” he said.