Israel attacks Gaza sites in response to rocket, bomb attacks

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force bombed three sites in Gaza in response to attacks from Palestinians in the coastal strip.

Two sites in southern Gaza and one in central Gaza identified by the Israel Defense Forces as “terror activity sites” were targeted Monday “in response to the latest severe aggression emanating from Gaza,” the IDF said in a statement.

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Seven rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel on Monday. One rocket caused damage to a road and several stores in Sderot, according to reports.

On Sunday evening, a bomb planted near the border fence with Gaza was exploded against an IDF patrol. On Monday morning, an anti-tank missile was fired from Gaza at an IDF patrol. The attacks did not cause any injuries, according to the IDF.

“One our holiday today, our enemies fired missiles at our communities and our policy is clear – to respond quickly and strongly. We strike at whoever comes to attack us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday night.

Since the beginning of 2014, 100 rockets fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel.

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