Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket lands near Israeli port


The Israeli military has launched airstrikes in Gaza, following an earlier rocket attack in southern Israel, which the Israeli Defence Forces blames on Hamas.

IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said that the IDF targeted four sites, which it identifies as ‘terror infrastructure’ in the southern Gaza Strip. Lerner tweeted:  ‘Following yesterday’s rocket attack against #Israel, #IDF aircraft attacked 4 terrorist locations in southern #Gaza.’

As reported by The Times of Israel, Lerner said, “The reality that Hamas’s territory is used as a staging ground to attack Israel is unacceptable and intolerable and will bear consequences.”

There were no reports of immediate damage or injuries and the remnants of the rocket were found near the port city of Ashdod, about 20km north of the Gaza Strip.

A Hamas official told Associated Press that the rocket had been launched by unknown militants and denied Hamas’ responsibility in the attack.