Israeli Airstrike Hits Hamas Sites After Gaza Rocket Attacks

YERUSHALAYIM -
A member of the Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stands guard at the entrance of Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
A member of the Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stands guard at the entrance of Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip, last week. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

IDF forces struck two Hamas terror sites in southern Gaza early Thursday, after a rocket was fired from Gaza at southern Israel. No one was injured and there was no damage reported in the rocket attack.

Hamas did not claim responsibility for the attack, but as the authority in the Strip, the IDF holds Hamas accountable for all attacks emanating from there, the army said. Since the beginning of the year, nine rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have hit Israeli territory, a steep drop off from previous periods.

Recent rocket fire has often been carried out by Salafi groups who oppose Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Nonetheless, Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks coming from territory it controls.