The IDF attacked several of the Hamas terror group’s positions in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday night, after several rockets were launched from the territory at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
The IDF tweeted that it “holds the Hamas terror organization accountable for this hostile act originating in the Gaza Strip.”
Following the retaliatory Israeli strikes, Hamas warned that “the enemy must be afraid and know it will pay a price for breaking the rules of engagement with the Gaza resistance.”
“The coming days will prove the enormity of the enemy’s mistake and miscalculation as to the resistance’s willpower,” the Gaza-ruling terror group threatened.
The rockets from Gaza were fired over Ashkelon around midnight and set off Code Red sirens in the city as well as in several other Israeli communities in the vicinity of Gaza, including Berekhya, Hodaya, Mash’en, Nir Yisrael, Beit Shikma, Bat Hadar, Ge’a, Zikim, Karmia, and Yad Mordechai.
One of the rockets was intercepted by the Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Explosions were heard in the area, but no injuries or damage were reported.
Monday night’s rocket fire from Gaza followed a similar incident early Monday morning in which a rocket fired from the territory exploded in an open area in Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council.
Last week, Hamas called for a violent uprising in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.