Israel’s Air Force hits Gaza sites after rocket attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Air Force bombed a terrorist training base in Gaza hours after a rocket from the coastal strip struck near a community in southern Israel.

The Israel Air Force targeted the training site and what it called 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 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 between Israel and Gaza.

"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 IDF said in a statement, referring the the eight-day Israeli military operation in Gaza last November. "The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip."

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