Israeli Air Force strikes Hamas targets in retaliation for Gaza rocket

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force struck two Hamas military posts in Gaza in retaliation for a rocket fired from Gaza at southern Israel.

The rocket fired from Gaza on Sunday night, which caused sirens to sound in several southern Israeli communities, landed in an open area, causing no injuries, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The retaliatory strike came early on Monday morning.

The last rocket fired from Gaza on southern Israel occurred on November 23.  Twenty-one rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israeli territory during 2015, according to the IDF.

The IDF said in a statement that it “holds Hamas responsible and accountable for all attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

Hamas on Sunday called for the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails in exchange for information on Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, two Israeli soldiers declared killed in action during the 2014 war in Gaza, whose remains are believed to be held by Hamas.

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