Early Monday morning, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) hit several Hamas targets in central and southern Gaza. It happened after rocket attacks from Gaza against southern Israel, while the inhabitants of the city of Sderot inaugurated the drive-in cinema, writes the newspaper Jerusalem Post.
According to the Israeli Army (IDF), they have hit a cement factory in Gaza that was used to build tunnels and Hamas’ underground facilities.
According to Palestinian media, the IAF hit “resistance targets” near Khan Younis and Rafah.
The IDF hit Hamas targets in Gaza a few hours after a rocket was fired from northern Gaza and was intercepted by the Iron Dome -missilforsvarssystemet. It was the first rocket attack in less than a month.
– A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip against Israel, the rocket was intercepted by air defense soldiers, the IDF spokesman said in a statement.
The rocket sirens were activated in Sderot and the surrounding communities of Ibim, Erez, Or Haner and Nir Am, bordering the northern Gaza Strip in the Sha’ar Hanegev area around noon. 20 Sunday night and sent thousands of Israelis into shelters.
In the town of Sderot, the sirens sounded during the inauguration of the town’s drive-in cinema where several cars were parked while the inhabitants watched movies.
There are no reports of human injuries, but several cars were damaged by shrapnel that fell in the city streets after the Iron Dome intercepted the rocket.
The rocket attack took place shortly after the change of command in the Gaza division, where brig. Eliezer Toledano was the replacement. Nimrod Aloni after two years in the post.
– During my tenure as commander of the Gaza Division, the leaders of the terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad have had a strategy of spreading threats and panic, firing rockets and mortar shells aimed at the Israeli civilian population, says Toledano.
– Hamas does not care about the children of Gaza. They must stop digging tunnels like wild animals and invest the concrete to build infrastructure for the homeless. They need to stop making rockets and using pipes to build proper water and sewer infrastructure for their children. They should stop planting rocket launchers and harvesting rockets and instead sow wheat and harvest grain, Toledano says.
The Commander of the Southern Command Major General. Hertz Halevy warns that the IDF can not guarantee peace in the area, but that they will do everything to protect the quality of life of the inhabitants of southern Israel.
– We do not guarantee peace in an area where there are reasons to fight , we know what’s going on on the other side. We promise to do everything possible to protect the Israeli people and always be ready for any action that may be necessary in relation to Gaza. It is our duty together with the civilian leadership to allow the area close to Gaza to continue to flourish and regardless of the situation in Gaza, Toledano said.
Read MIFF’s articles on rocket attacks from Gaza against Israel here.