Airstrike (illustration)
Airstrike (illustration) Reuters

IDF aircraft struck a rocket launcher in northern Gaza shortly after midnight on Tuesday, the IDF Spokesman said.

The launcher that was attacked is the same one which was used in the rocket attack on the Hof Ashkelon region earlier on Tuesday evening.

The IDF statement said that Israel considers the Hamas terrorist group responsible for any rocket attacks from Gaza.

The "Color Red" siren was sounded after 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night in the Hof Ashkelon regional council area, a region that frequently has been a target of Hamas rockets from Gaza.

The IDF confirmed that a rocket launch from Gaza was identified. Reports indicate that a succession of explosions was heard.

Just before 10:30 p.m. a rocket was found in the Hof Ashkelon region, having fallen in an open area and caused no damage.

Responding to the rocket attack, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said that Israel cannot put up with “trickling” of rocket fire.

“Those who are willing to absorb trickling - will eventually receive torrential rain. We must not accept this situation,” warned MK Liberman, adding, “A government that is ready to accept the situation, less than a year after the military operation in which we paid a high price in the lives of soldiers and the disruption of life in the entire country for two months, has no right to exist.”

“This situation is intolerable, unacceptable and we must put an end to it,” he added.

MK Haim Yellin of Yesh Atid, who lives in one of the communities near the Gaza border, urged the government to take action against the rocket attacks and called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to condemn the rocket fire.

“I expect the Secretary-General to strongly condemn the war crimes committed tonight from Gaza and urge the Israeli government to stop looking at the goings on from the side, defend Israeli citizens and work for a political horizon,” said Yellin.

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