Hamas rocket production plant, military post attacked in retaliation for projectile
The Israel Defense Forces struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket landed in Israeli territory earlier on Tuesday, according to a statement by the military.
“Earlier today, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory,” the IDF said. Earlier reports said the rocket landed near the city of Beersheba, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was campaigning at the time.
“In response, a short while ago, IDF fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a rocket manufacturing site and a military post belonging to the Hamas terror organization.”
It was unclear who perpetrated the attack, although Israel maintains Hamas “is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it, and will bear the consequences for terror activity against Israeli civilians.”
The rocket caused no reported casualties, although it came on a sensitive day as Israelis vote in their fourth elections in two years.
Israel closed border crossings with the West Bank and Gaza for election day, amid an uptick in cross-border activity in recent days.
On Sunday, two Palestinians carrying knives were taken in for questioning by Israeli soldiers after crossing the Gazan border.