Late yesterday, we reported on rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, attacks which were countered by the IDF. The rocket attack came at the end of Israel’s Independence Day celebration, and The Times of Israel’s Itamar Sharon and Joshua Davidovich report that the Jewish state was quick to state that such incidents will not be tolerated:
Israeli security officials warned Thursday night that the nation would not tolerate a “dribble” of rocket attacks against Israel, saying Hamas was responsible for keeping the peace in the Gaza Strip…
Though officials said Hamas was not believed to be behind the rocket fire, a senior security official told Ynet news that “we view Hamas as responsible… and expect it to enforce order in its territory. Hamas is the ruler on the ground and needs to ensure that there is quiet, otherwise it bears responsibility.
“We will not accept a situation of a dribble (of rockets) by some party or other,” the unnamed official added.
Israeli forces struck a site in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday night, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave at southern Israel broke months of a shaky truce between the sides.
The Israel Defense Forces targeted a “terror site” belonging to Hamas near Beit Hanoun. There were no reports of injuries or damage in Gaza.
The army said tanks were used to hit the target. The strike came shortly after a rocket exploded in an open field in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
The launch of the rocket set off alarms across a number of communities bordering the Gaza Strip, sending many residents scurrying for shelter.