IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire
The IDF attacked targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, hours after four rockets were fired into Israeli territory from Gaza, according to a statement from the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.
Israeli Air Force jets attacked Hamas targets in the northern Strip, including a site for weapons production and a military compound, the spokesperson confirmed.
The IDF said in a statement, "The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will have consequences for actions against Israeli citizens.
"A group of incendiary balloons were also launched towards the southern city of Sderot from Gaza, a city spokesperson said on Wednesday evening. Israel Police bomb disposal experts were dispatched to the scene after reports of a suspicious object that was attached to several balloons that landed in one of the neighborhoods of Sderot.
Rocket alert sirens were activated in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon as four rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
The sirens were heard in Nahal Oz, Saad and Kfar Aza.
The IDF reported that two of the rockets fell in open territory and two were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said no injuries or damage were reported in the first such attack in three weeks.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility from the Gaza Strip, which Israel keeps under blockade citing security concerns over Hamas, the dominant armed movement in the Palestinian territory.
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz commented on the rocket fire, saying that "Netanyahu has failed in his role of providing security to southern residents. We will put an end to the 'rocket celebrations' and the payments that he makes to Hamas. It's time for a decision.
"Last month, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon as it hosted a rally with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, prompting him to seek shelter briefly before returning to the venue. No one was hurt.
But simmering tensions have mostly remained calm since a two-day surge of violence in November between Israel and the armed Gaza-based faction Islamic Jihad that left 34 Palestinians dead and dozens of Israelis injured.