The IDF carried out air strikes on terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening in retaliation for a salvo of mortar shells fired at southern Israeli earlier in the day.
Explosions could be heard in Gaza by people on the Israeli side of the border, according to Channel 13. Palestinian media also reported the strikes, though the IDF did not immediately confirm the action.
No reports of casualties or damage were reported so far.
At about the same time, police sappers were dispatched to Sderot where a suspicious object attached to a cluster of balloons landed in a residential neighborhood.
Wednesday’s air strikes came after terrorists — reportedly from Islamic Jihad — fired four mortar shells at southern Israel, causing neither injury nor damage, according to the army.
Two of the incoming projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. The others apparently land in open fields in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, east of northern Gaza. Air raid sirens sounded in the Gaza periphery.