Rocket fire (archive)
Rocket fire (archive)Flash 90

Sirens were sounded on Tuesday night in Sderot and in the communities located near the border with the Gaza Strip.

Locals reported hearing sounds of explosions in the area.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that five rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory.

“The IDF Aerial Defense Array successfully intercepted all the rocket launches,” it said.

The City of Sderot reported that the remains of one of the rockets hit a home in the city. There were no injuries, but damage was caused to a wall in the home. The family members were in a protected space at the time of the rocket attack.

In response to the rocket attack, IDF fighter jets struck an underground weapons manufacturing facility used by the chemical department of the Hamas terrorist organization, as well as a raw materials manufacturing facility for rockets belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“This strike significantly impeded the Hamas terrorist organization’s intensification and armament efforts,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.

“The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for all terror activities emanating from the Gaza Strip and will face the consequences of security violations against Israel,” it added.

The rocket fire from Gaza occurred as IDF troops began to withdraw from the refugee camp in Jenin following the counterterrorist operation there.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was cleared for publication that an IDF soldier was killed during operational activity in Jenin.

The soldier was taken to hospital in critical condition for medical treatment, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said, "This evening (Tuesday), a non-commissioned officer in combat service was killed by live fire during the operation against terrorist infrastructure in the Jenin Camp."

"His family has been notified. The IDF sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and will continue to support them. "