IDF retaliates for rocket fire on Israeli civilians

IDF hits Hamas terror targets after Gazan terrorists fire rockets at Israel, damaging home.

Adel Zaanoun, AFP,

Missile damage in Sderot
Missile damage in Sderot
Photo: TPS

Israel carried out retaliatory strikes on Gaza Saturday killing one Gazan and wounding two others, following two nights of rocket attacks that were the first since September.

Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, denounced a "serious escalation" and said Israel will be held "responsible for the consequences" of the raids.

Dozens of pre-dawn strikes targeted Hamas bases and those of allied terrorist groups, a Gaza security source said.

The Israeli army said the strikes targeted "a wide range of Hamas terror targets," including a naval base, a military compound and a weapons manufacturing plant.

A Hamas source said it had fired at the Israeli aircraft carrying out the raids and the Israeli military confirmed fresh "incoming fire."

"The Zionist enemy bears full responsibility for the consequences," of the pre-dawn air raids, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement.

He said the strikes targeted "innocent civilians" and represented a "serious escalation."

The strikes came after at least 10 rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel late Friday causing damage but no casualties.

Local officials in Gaza said installations of Islamic Jihad, another prominent terrorist group operating in the coastal enclave, were also hit.

The Israeli military said eight of the rockets were intercepted by air defenses.

Air raid sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the border.

One family's house was hit, without causing any casualties, the army said, posting a picture of damage to a building on Twitter.

It was the second consecutive evening that the army reported rocket fire from Gaza, shattering a calm that had lasted since September 12.

Gazan terrorists fired rockets at Israeli civilians in both May and August of this year.