IAF airstrike in Gaza (archive)
IAF airstrike in Gaza (archive) Flash 90

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) targeted several terrorist-related sites in Gaza on Thursday night.

In a statement, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the airstrikes targeted three concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza, a center of terrorist activity in central Gaza and a weapons storage site in southern Gaza.

According to the statement, direct hits were identified and all aircraft returned safely to their bases.

“The IDF will not tolerate attempts to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers, and will operate against anyone who uses terrorism against the State of Israel,” said the statement, which also noted that the airstrikes were in retaliation to a rocket attack on southern Israel earlier Thursday.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system shot down a rocket on Thursday night as it made its way towards the coastal city of Ashkelon.

The rocket attack came after another missile was fired from Gaza earlier on Thursday, exploding in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area in the northwestern Negev without causing any damage or injuries.

There has been a steady trickle of rocket fire, with Gaza terrorists launching rockets at Israel on Wednesday, prompting an IAF airstrike on terror targets in retaliation. The rockets have been regularly pouring in since the kidnapping of three Israeli youths last week.