IAF Strikes Underground Targets in Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

Israeli fighter jets attacked two Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip shortly before midnight on Saturday in retaliation for a rocket fired at Israel’s south earlier that day

Archive photo: Yonatan Zalk / IAF

The Israeli Air Force on Saturday night attacked Hamas’ underground infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip. The attack followed a rocket that was fired a few hours earlier at the Israeli Gaza perimeter settlements.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that the Israeli jets had “attacked two underground infrastructures belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to the rocket launch from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier this evening.”

The military did not specify what infrastructure had been attacked.

“The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said, adding that “the IDF will continue to act in defense of Israeli citizens and against terror from the Gaza Strip.”

According to media reports, F-16s attacked several targets in North Gaza and east of Khan Younis and fighter helicopters were spotted over the northern Strip. 

Several massive explosions were heard in Central Gaza, with some sources saying the destruction of tunnels led to the explosions.

The Hamas rocket exploded in an open area in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. No one was injured and there was no damage to property.

Hamas responded on Sunday morning, referring to the rocket attack as retaliation for the death of a 43-year-old Arab woman at last Friday’s demonstration by the border fence: “Israel continues to carry out its foolishness against non-violent demonstrators, deliberately killing them in cold blood and bombing the positions of the resistance. A dangerous escalation and the use of fire will not bring security, and it (Israel) will bear the full consequences and repercussions.”


[Sources: The Jewish Press, The Jerusalem Post]