IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza

IDF attacks targets in Gaza after two rockets were fired toward the south. Around midnight: A false alarm in Ashkelon.

Elad Benari, | updated: 06:04

IDF chief of staff Aviv Kochavi at Gaza front (archive)
IDF chief of staff Aviv Kochavi at Gaza front (archive)
IDF spokesperson

IDF fighter jets and aircraft struck a number of Hamas terror targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning after two rockets were fired at southern Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

Among the sites targeted was an underground infrastructure.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization responsible for events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it. Hamas will bear the consequences for actions against Israeli civilians," said the IDF.

The attack, around 6:00 a.m., was the second air strike on Hamas targets in several hours. Overnight Tuesday, IDF fighter jets struck a number of Hamas terror targets in the southern Gaza Strip, including a weapons manufacturing site.

Around midnight, a color red siren sounded in Ashkelon, but upon examination it became clear that it was a false alarm.

On Tuesday evening, around 8:50 p.m., sirens were heard in Sderot and in communities in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. The Iron Dome intercepted one of two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later in the evening commented on the rocket fire on the south.

"If anyone in Gaza thinks he can raise his head after Operation Black Belt - he is mistaken. We will respond firmly to any attack against us and continue to maintain Israel's security on all fronts," he said.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi called on Netanyahu to order a strong military response to the rocket fire at his city.

"Prime Minister, Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, two weeks you ordered to diffuse a ticking bomb in Gaza. Two rockets were fired at Sderot this evening," he said.

"If you do not call for a strong and firm response to eliminate the squad that fired the missiles in our direction, you will prove in your lack of response that you are giving Hamas and Jihad immunity," continued Davidi.