This week had been relatively calm in southern Israel, but that respite ended last night when rocket fire was directed at Israeli territory from Gaza. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that the IDF responded by striking several Hamas targets in the Strip:
Israeli aircraft bombed several targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday, the army said, after a single rocket was fired into Israel, ending a week-long stretch of relative calm in the Gaza Strip.
The military said Israeli Air Force fighter jets struck Hamas targets throughout the coastal enclave. There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.
The Israel Defense Forces said it bombed a Hamas military base in northern Gaza and a training base and a weapons production facility in the southern Strip...
The rocket fire sent thousands of residents rushing to bomb shelters.
The IDF said it had identified a launch from the Strip toward Israel and “an interceptor was fired at it.”
Residents of the area reported hearing the sounds of explosions following the sirens...