5th rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel in under a month

By June 24 2015, 17:42 Latest News No Comments

Rocket 1A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Tuesday night – the fifth such incident in just under a month.

The rocket fell on open ground in the vicinity of Yad Mordechai, a kibbutz near the Israel-Gaza border, and no injuries or damage was reported.

In response to the attack, an Israel Air Force aircraft struck a militant target in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday morning, the army said. According to a statement published by the Spokesperson’s Unit, the rocket launcher that was used to fire the rocket late on Tuesday was hit in the attack.

The IDF stated that it believes the rocket was launched by Salafi groups,  like in the previous incidents over recent months. As de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, Israel considers Hamas responsible for all activity emanating out of the territory.

The Gaza-based Salafist group the Omar Brigades, who have expressed loyalty to ISIS, claimed responsibility for previous rocket attacks over the past month.

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