Rocket from Gaza strikes southern Israel for second day in a row


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel for the second day in a row.

The rocket fired Thursday afternoon landed in an open area in a southern Israeli community near the border with Gaza. No injuries were reported.

It triggered the Code Red rocket warning system in communities near the border with Gaza, sending residents scurrying for bomb shelters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Reports from Gaza on social media said the Israel Defense Forces were retaliating.

On Wednesday, a rocket fired from Gaza landed on a residential street in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. No injuries were reported, though two residents, ages 15 and 60, were treated for shock at a nearby hospital. The road, as well as cars parked nearby and houses near the landing site, was damaged.

About an hour later, Israeli tanks reportedly shelled Hamas targets in northern Gaza. Later in the day, Israeli Air Force jets also hit a number of Hamas posts in northern and southern Gaza, according to the IDF.

Israel holds the terrorist organization Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza. Late Wednesday, the Islamic State-affiliated Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist group claimed responsibility for that day’s attack.

In mid-September, Israeli airstrikes struck three Hamas targets in northern Gaza in response to a mortar shell fired from Gaza into Israeli territory. In August, the IDF carried out dozens of air and artillery strikes on Gaza after a rocket fired from the coastal strip struck a residential area in Sderot.

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