Israel’s Air Force hits Gaza terror sites after rocket attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force bombed a terror training base in Gaza hours after a rocket from Gaza struck near a civilian community in southern Israel.


The Israel Air Force targeted the training site and what it identified as a weapons storage facility on Sunday morning. Direct hits on the targets were confirmed, the IDF spokespersons office said in a statement.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed to Reuters that the training base was hit.

The rocket fired Saturday night from Gaza struck the Sdot Negev Regional Council, near a community as local residents were gathered to celebrate Lag b’Omer.

Following the attack, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Brig.-Gen. Eitan Dangot, closed down the Kerem Shalom crossing.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will not allow for the reality before Pillar of Defense to take place again and threaten Israeli civilians. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip,” according to the IDF statement.

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