Rocket fired from Gaza strikes Sderot in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A rocket fired from Gaza landed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

The rocket, which was launched on Sunday afternoon, caused no damage or injuries. It landed near the Sderot Train Station and Sapir College. Sderot has a population of about 19,000 people, according to the Israel Defense Forces Spokesman’s Unit.

The Code Red warning siren went off in Sderot and several other communities bordering Gaza before it struck.

In response to the attack, the IDF attacked two Hamas sites in the northern Gaza Strip, which it identified as “terrorist infrastructure.” One of the attack responses came from an Israel Air Force plane and the second from a tank, according to the IDF.


The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the IDF target as a military training ground. A 20-year-old Palestinian man was injured in the tank shelling.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the rocket   attack, according to reports.

A rocket fired from Gaza on July 1 struck a pre-school in Sderot, which was empty at the time. Fourteen rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza so far in 2016, according to the IDF.