Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel

By June 27 2017, 15:49 Latest News No Comments

Gaza rocketsA rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit the Sha’ar Hanegev region in southern Israel early on Monday morning.

The rocket landed in an open area, and no damage or casualties were reported by the IDF. The rocket fire was claimed by Ahfad al-Sahaba, a radical Salafist group banned in Gaza and linked to Islamic State.

Israeli Air Force jets responded by striking two military facilities belonging to terrorist organisation Hamas in the north and south of the Strip.

As de facto rulers of Gaza, Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rockets emanating from the territory.

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Monday following the rocket fire that Israel has “no intention of launching a military operation” against Gaza. He underlined that the state will not tolerate any provocations, including accidental fire spilled over from neighbouring conflicts.

Since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, sporadic rocket fire from Gaza has persisted to strike southern Israel.

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