Sporadic rocket fire by Palestinian-Islamists in Gaza at southern Israel persisted over the weekend.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that “one launch was identified” crossing from the Jihadist-plagued enclave into Israel on Saturday. There were no reported injuries or damage and public alerts were issued only via the IDF Home Front Command phone application as the incoming missile was set to land in a non-populated area.
According to the army, IDF tanks immediately retaliated for the attack on Israeli territory with strikes on “two Hamas military posts in the northern Gaza Strip.”
Gazans fired another projectile into Israel last night, prompting the sounding of air raid sirens in the city of Sderot, as well as all peripheral communities encircling the coastal Palestinian enclave. Again, there were no injuries as the rocket exploded in an uninhabited area in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council.
Additional blasts heard in the area by local authorities are believed to have been the detonation of Palestinian balloon-bombs rigged with explosives. “Hamas terror targets in the southern Gaza Strip” were targeted by Israeli jet fighters in further retaliation. The targets included a “training compound and military infrastructure used by the Hamas terror organization in the southern Gaza Strip,” revealed the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, adding that it “views any kind of terror activity aimed at Israeli territory with great severity and is highly prepared for various scenarios.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu levelled a scathing threat to Islamist organizations in the Gaza Strip during his opening remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting. “I want to make it clear: We will not accept any aggression from Gaza,” declared the Israeli Premier. “Only a few weeks ago, we assassinated the senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza – and I suggest that both Islamic Jihad and Hamas to refresh their memories.”
In no uncertain terms, Netanyahu then stated that he “will not go into detail about all of our actions and plans for the media, but we are prepared to take devastating action against the terrorist organizations in Gaza. Our actions are very strong, and they have not yet ended – to put it mildly.”