by: Kate Norman
Monday, 7 January 2019 | Just after 3 a.m. Monday morning, Israelis in the Ashkelon region were awakened by the familiar wail of the Code Red siren signaling rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
According to the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), one projectile was fired from the terrorist-held enclave targeting the Israeli city, located just 13 kilometers (8 mi.) north of Gaza. The rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, and the Israeli military was quick to retaliate following the attack. The IAF (Israeli Air Force) reported that it struck a number of terror targets in northern Gaza Monday morning.
“We hold the Hamas terror organization accountable for all acts of terror emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
The rocket attack and subsequent IAF strikes, carried out by fighter jets and a helicopter, were the latest in a series of back and forth retaliations triggered Sunday by the discovery of a group of balloons tied to a model airplane and attached with explosives, launched from Gaza into southern Israel.
The device landed in a carrot field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, and was neutralized by a police bomb disposal robot, which caused the explosives to detonate without any casualties.
In response to the incendiary device, IAF attack helicopters struck two Hamas military posts in Gaza Sunday evening, which the terrorists responded to with Monday morning’s rocket fire.
This escalation as well as a projectile fired from Gaza last week ended the nearly two-month calm following the cease-fire that the Jewish state and the terrorist enclave tentatively agreed to following November’s onslaught of rockets fired from the Strip into Israeli territory, killing one civilian and injuring several others.
Posted on January 7, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 7, 2019)
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