One rocket was fired from Gaza at approximately 9:40 pm Saturday night, landing in an open area near Ashkelon. At least two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Wednesday evening.
One rocket was fired from Gaza at approximately 9:40 pm Saturday night (June 6), landing in an open area near Ashkelon. A Salafist group in Gaza which identifies with ISIS claime responsibility for the attack, saying it would not abide by an informal truce agreed between Hamas and Israel.
In response, Israel Air Force struck terror infrastructure targets in the northern Gaza Strip overnight. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also ordered the closure of the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip because of security considerations.
Prime Minister Netanyahu: "Israel holds Hamas responsible for all firing from the Gaza Strip at our territory. The spreading hypocrisy in the world will not tie our hands and prevent us from protecting Israel’s citizens. Thus we have acted; thus we will act."
At least two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Wednesday evening, June 3. Alarms sounded just before 11 p.m. in the Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regions bordering the northern Gaza Strip, as well as in Netivot and Ashkelon. No casualties or injuries were reported.
In response, Israel Air Force jets struck terror infrastructure targets in the Gaza Strip.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned "the firing of rockets by militants from Gaza towards Israel on 3 June. He calls on all parties to avoid further escalation and prevent incidents that jeopardise the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians."
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Israel will not allow sporadic rocket fire from Gaza to resume, noting that even if the rocket fire was carried out by members of rogue groups from the global jihad, Israel holds Hamas responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip.
IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, "When the sirens sounded in Israel, more than 140,000 Israeli lives were put in jeopardy. Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live normal lives, but instead Hamas chooses to use the Gaza Strip as a launching pad for rocket attacks. The IDF will act against the aggression, will act against those who wish to terrorize Israel and will act to protect Israelis in the line of indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza."
A week earlier, on the night of May 26, 2015, a Grad rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. The remains of the rocket were located near Gan Yavne. It was the third rocket fired from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2015 and the first long-range rocket fired since Operation Protective Edge during the summer of 2014.