Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft targeted several terrorist sites in Gaza on Saturday night, hours after a rocket attack on southern Israel.
A statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that the aircraft targeted two centers of terrorist activity in southern and central Gaza. Direct hits were identified and all Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases, said the statement.
Several hours before the airstrikes, a rocket exploded in an open area between two communities in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.
There were no physical injuries or damages. The “Red Alert” siren was sounded before the rocket exploded.
“The IDF views any firing at Israeli territory as very serious and will continue to act strongly against anyone who uses terror against Israel,” said the IDF statement which laid the blame for any terrorist activity on Hamas, which rules Gaza.
Tensions have increased with Gaza in recent days. Early Thursday morning, IAF aircraft targeted a concealed rocket launcher, a weapons storage site and a center of terrorist activity in northern Gaza.
The airstrikes came in retaliation for a rocket barrage which targeted the city of Ashkelon Wednesday night.
Since the IDF’s counterterrorism Operation Pillar of Defense in late 2012, there has been relative quiet in the region, but defense officials have said that the ceasefire with Hamas, brokered by Egypt and the United States following the counterterrorism offensive, is dissolving.