IAF Bombs Hamas Targets in Response to Rocket Attack

Security and Defense • By Aryeh Savir/TPS • 13 January, 2019
Photo by Yissachar Ruas/TPS on 13 January, 2019

The Israel Air Force (IAF) late Saturday attacked several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the Strip at Israeli communities earlier in the night.

At about 9:00 PM, Gazan terrorists fired a rocket toward the Sha’ar HaNegev area, a regional council of some 7,500 residents. The rocket exploded in an open space, causing no injuries or damage.

In response to the rocket attack, the IAF bombed two of Hamas’ underground structures in the Gaza Strip, the IDF stated.

The targets reportedly included underground munitions factories.  

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the IDF added, vowing to continue its operations in defense of Israel’s citizens and against terrorism in Gaza.

Tensions on the border with Gaza have been high following several cross-border incidents which led to Israel’s halting of the Qatari cash transfers to Gaza.

Israel and Hamas recently agreed upon a short-term and limited ceasefire in which Hamas would scale back its attacks on Israel in return for Israel enabling the entry of millions of dollars in cash and petrol for electricity into Gaza, paid for by Qatar.

Qatar pledged $150 million in aid to Gaza, which was to be paid out in phases throughout the course of six months, in an attempt to bring some calm to the area

Israel has so far enabled two such transfers but halted the third phase last week following several terrorist incidents.

Hamas warned Israel after its strikes in Gaza that it was “playing with fire” and would face the consequences of its actions.