Gaza rocket strikes Israel, no injuries reported; IDF hits back


TEL AVIV (JTA) — A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area in Israel, causing no injuries or damage.

The rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, adjacent to the Gaza Strip, late Wednesday night. In response, the Israel Defense Forces bombed a weapons production plant in central Gaza, according to a statement from the IDF.

The rocket, according to the IDF, is the eighth to be launched this year from Gaza, one of the lowest tallies in years. Residents of southern Israel have experienced a period of relative calm since last summer’s war between Hamas and Israel, which saw Israeli border towns struck with thousands of rockets as Israel invaded the Gaza Strip by air and land.

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“The IDF does not tolerate any attempt to undermine the security of Southern Israel,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement. “The Hamas terror organization is responsible for today’s attack against Israel.”

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