Israel hits Gaza sites after rocket attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes struck terrorist sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel.

Shortly after a long-range Grad rocket was fired from Gaza late Wednesday night, Israel said its Air Force hit three "terror activity sites in the Central Gaza Strip" and a weapons storage facility in southern Gaza.

The Grad rocket had landed in an open area near the city of Ashdod, which has more than 200,000 residents. Color Red warning sirens also went off in Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and other area communities, according to reports.

It was the first rocket attack from Gaza since the Shalit prisoner swap last week. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The last time rockets were fired from Gaza on Israel was three weeks ago.

Also Wednesday night, a roadside bomb damaged an Israeli army vehicle on patrol near the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

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