IDF Slams Hamas Terror Sites in Gaza

An Iron Dome missile defense battery set up near Ashdod fires an intercepting missile in 2014. (David Buimovitch/Flash90/File)

For the second night in a row, IDF forces attacked Hamas targets in Gaza. The IDF strikes came after Gaza Arab terrorists fired missiles at Israel, with several hitting areas in southern Israel. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two of the incoming rockets, including one that exploded over the southern town of Sderot. Several people were treated for shock as a result of that explosion, but b’chasdei Shamayim, no serious injuries were reported. Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi demanded that the government do more to fight the terrorists responsible for the rocket fire. “I expect the government to fight the terror groups without pity. We cannot tolerate the continued fire on Sderot,” he said.

In a statement, the IDF said that “Israel will not allow any attempt to damage its citizens, and will continue to defend the sovereignty in a decisive manner. Hamas, which rules Gaza and forces its citizens into a life of poverty, destruction and depression, is responsible for this situation.”

The IDF said that “due to the security events and in accordance with security assessments,” the Kerem Shalom crossing — the main passage point for goods entering the Gaza Strip — and the Erez pedestrian crossing would be shut as of Thursday. It did not say how long the closure would last.

Some 15 rockets have been fired into southern Israel since President Trump formally recognized Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital. B’chasdei Shamayim, none of the projectiles have caused serious injury or damage.

Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Israel Radio Thursday that while it seemed that Hamas was not carrying out the rocket strikes, it needed to rein in terrorists from “breakaway groups” or it would “find itself in a situation where it has to contend” with the IDF.