Israel retaliates for Gaza rocket fire

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force fired on an underground rocket launcher and a terror cell in Gaza in response to rocket fire from Gaza terrorists on southern Israel.

Direct hits on both sites were confirmed, the IDF spokesman’s office said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Two rockets fired from Gaza landed near Ashkelon on Monday afternoon and evening. The retaliatory strike by Israel took place early on Tuesday morning.

“The IDF targeted sites that were part of the infrastructure utilized to terrorize Israel and its civilians,” said IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner in a statement. “The daily reality of thousands of Israelis exposed to deadly rocket attacks is unbearable, incomprehensible and immoral. We will continue to act against the threats originating from Hamas’ Gaza Strip, they must be held accountable for allowing these attacks to continue unhindered.”

Some 35 rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists have landed in southern Israel since the beginning of the calendar year, according to the IDF.