IDF Strikes Back in Gaza After Rocket Attack

YERUSHALAYIM -
A Kassam rocket. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Israeli planes struck Hamas targets in Gaza early Thursday, after Gaza terrorists fired a rocket at southern Israel Wednesday night. The IDF planes demolished two Hamas terror facilities, the IDF said in a statement, adding that it saw Hamas as responsible for all terror activities in Gaza.

The rocket fired at Israel fell in an open area of the Negev. The Red Alert early warning system was not sounded. This is the first rocket attack against Israel in two weeks; the last attack was met by a heavy IDF response, following an attack of three rocket attacks.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested eight wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.