Israel strikes Gaza sites after weekend of rockets


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force struck two sites in the Gaza Strip after a weekend of rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Israeli aircraft late Saturday night struck a weapons manufacturing site in northern Gaza and a home in Gaza City that a statement issued from the Israel Defense Forces called a "terror activity site." Three people were injured in the strike, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

Two Kassam rockets were fired last Friday night at southern Israel and three long-range Grad rockets landed near Beersheba on Saturday. No injuries or damage were reported.

Also Friday, according to the IDF, an anti-tank missile was fired at Israeli soldiers near the security fence that damaged the fence. Following the soldiers’ arrival at the scene, an explosive device was detonated in Gaza. Israeli soldiers responded with tank fire, according to the IDF. 

"The IDF views such actions of attempting to harm the citizens and communities of Israel as severe," the IDF said in a statement, adding that it will hold Hamas accountable for the consequences of actions carried out by the IDF to remove the terror threat and restore relative calm to the area.

More than 30 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel so far this year, according to the IDF.

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