Some 45 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel overnight Wednesday, seven of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, and another three landed in the Gaza Strip.
In response to the rocket fire, on Wednesday morning, IAF fighter jets struck 25 military objectives in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas.
"The Hamas terror organization targeted Israeli civilians throughout the night with a severe rocket attack, and is dragging the Gaza Strip and its civilians down a continually deteriorating path," the IDF said in a statement. "Hamas is responsible for everything that transpires in the Gaza Strip and will bear the consequences for deliberately targeting its terror at Israeli civilians," it added.
In addition to the strikes this morning, the IDF struck three additional Hamas terror targets earlier on Tuesday evening. These strikes were in response to Hamas’ continuous flying of arson kites and incendiary balloons towards Israeli territory. “They are not toys, they are weapons intended to kill and to cause damage,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch.
Over the last 75 days, Hamas has flown approximately 700 arson kites and incendiary balloons towards Israeli territory. In the process, they have started more than 400 fires and burned 6100 acres of land, causing damages estimated at millions of dollars.
“The damage here is significant, and not something that can be taken lightly. Had it not been for the successful cooperation and the hard work of Israeli firefighters, the Israeli Police, and the IDF, we could have faced serious repercussion here in terms of casualties,” explained Lt. Col. Conricus.