Israeli Aircraft Attack Hamas Targets After Rocket Fired From Gaza

GAZA (AP) -
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Rafiach in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Israel carried out a series of airstrikes on terror sites across the Gaza Strip on Monday, wounding at least four people, officials said, following a rocket attack on southern Israel.

Explosions could be heard and smoke rose into the air in the southern town of Rafiach, on the Gaza-Egypt border.

The IDF said it had targeted five Hamas positions throughout Gaza in response to the earlier rocket strike.

The IDF “holds Hamas accountable for any attacks from the Gaza Strip that jeopardize the safety of Israelis and breach Israel’s sovereignty,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman.

Hamas security forces blocked journalists from approaching one of the targets in Rafiach, suggesting a sensitive installation had been hit. The local Health Ministry said four people were slightly or moderately wounded.

Local media said training bases used by the ruling Hamas terror group, as well as the smaller Islamic Jihad terror group, were also struck in central and northern Gaza.