IAF Retaliates After Rocket Hits Southern Israel

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An Israeli policeman carries part of a rocket which the Israeli army and police said was launched from Gaza, landing next to a residential building in the Israeli southern town of Sderot, Israel August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
An Israeli policeman carries part of a rocket which the Israeli army and police said was launched from Gaza and landed in the southern town of Sderot, Sunday. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

A rocket, fired from Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip, exploded in Sderot Sunday afternoon. The rocket struck next to a residential building inside a populated neighborhood, causing damage. No casualties were reported.

Rocket alert warning signals were heard in the southern towns of Sderot, Nir Am, Gevim and Ivim.

A while later, Israeli Air Force planes conducted air strikes, and IDF tanks targeted Hamas terror operations in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza.

An Israeli shell damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said.

Hamas officials said that a training camp in northern Gaza was also targeted, but the camp had been evacuated after the rocket was fired in anticipation of an Israeli reprisal.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from the territory since Gaza is ruled by Hamas.