Precision strike targets missile launchers, hours after Iron Dome intercepts rocket aimed at Ashkelon
(SOURCE) 28 October 2013
Israeli planes struck two concealed rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, hours after two rockets targeted southern Israel.
The planes scored direct hits on both targets, the IDF said.
The Israeli strikes came hours after two rockets were fired out of Gaza into Israel. Iron Dome anti-missile batteries successfully intercepted one rocket aimed at the beachside city of Ashkelon and destroyed it before it landed.
The second rocket fell in an open area.
There were no injuries or damage reported.
The IDF said it held Hamas, which controls the Strip, responsible for the attacks.
“This targeted strike, based on IDF intelligence and advanced air force capabilities, is an immediate response to the terrorist aggression and its infrastructure in Gaza,” spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement after the attack. “Hamas must take responsibility for these actions or pay the price for inaction. We will continue to safeguard the civilians of the State of Israel, and prevent future attempts of terrorism formulating in the Gaza Strip.”