Israeli airstrike in Gaza (archive)
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The Israeli Air Force overnight Tuesday attacked four terrorist infrastructures belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesman said.

According to the statement, the airstrike took place in response to the rocket fire towards southern Israel on Tuesday night. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rocket over the city of Ashdod.

 "The IDF will not tolerate fire from terrorist organizations at Israeli territory and will continue to act severely against any attempt to disturb the peace of the towns in the south,” the statement noted, adding that Hamas, as the ruling power in Gaza, is responsible for any rocket fire from the territory.

The rocket fire from Gaza came hours after Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon toured Gaza Belt communities and spoke about the security situation in the south. 

Ya'alon said that Israel had succeeded in deterring Hamas in the course of Operation Protective Edge last year.

"A year has passed since Operation Protective Edge, and there is no doubt that here, beyond the fence, in the Gaza Strip, Hamas, the body that controls Gaza, has been deterred, and faces internal challenges, including ISIS terrorists and others who sometimes fire [at Israel] from the Gaza Strip to challenge [Hamas]."

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