The Israeli Air Force struck and destroyed a rocket launcher in the northern Gaza Strip Tuesday evening following rocket fire towards Kibbutz Yad Mordechai earlier in the night.
The rocket fire activated sirens in towns along the Gaza belt at approximately 10 pm, alerting residents to find immediate shelter.
The IDF confirmed in a statement that the rocket landed in an open area near Yad Mordechai. Resident reported hearing a large boom.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by a small jihadist group that is currently fighting with Hamas. The group is responsible for a series of rocket attacks directed at Israel over the last month.
Israel says Hamas, which governs over Gaza, is responsible for any rocket fire directed towards Israel from the Strip. “The terror organization Hamas is the address, and on it lies the responsibility,” the IDF stated.
Former foreign minister MK Avigdor Liberman condemned the rocket fire and called on the government to take a harsher stance and end the rocket fire.
“Whoever is prepared to accept a drizzle – will at the end of the day get a torrential downpour,” he wrote on Facebook. “A government that is ready to accept the situation, less than a year after the military operation in which we paid a high price in the lives of soldiers and the disruption of life in the entire country for two months, has no right to exist.”
“This situation is insufferable, unfathomable, and must be brought to an end,” he added.
Tuesday’s attack comes one day after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released a report accusing Israel and “Palestinian armed groups” of war crimes during last summer’s war.
Palestinian groups were accused on indiscriminate rocket fire at Israel while the Jewish state was accused of not doing enough to protect civilians in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the report “flawed and biased.”