Israel strikes in Gaza Strip in response to rocket attack

An Israel Air Force F-16, December 31, 2015 (Photo by Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

An Israel Air Force F-16, December 31, 2015 (Photo by Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

Air force hits two Hamas sites in coastal territory; none hurt as terrorists target Sha’ar Hanegev area

(SOURCE)   The Israeli air force attacked two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, hours after terrorists in the Strip fired a rocket into Israel from the territory.

Palestinian media reported that a second rocket fired towards Israel exploded inside Gaza territory.

Walla News said a small group with ties to the Islamic State, the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The IDF said in a statement that it held Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for keeping the peace in Gaza.

There were no reports of injuries or damage in the rocket attack, which was not preceded by a warning siren. Reports suggested the rocket hit an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council bordering the Gaza Strip.

Israel has seen sporadic fire from the Gaza Strip, usually claimed by small Salafi groups engaged in a power struggle with Hamas.

Tensions have risen along the border recently after Israel’s discovery and destruction of two attack tunnels dug by Hamas inside Israeli territory. The operations to destroy the second tunnel sparked some clashes with Hamas, who fired mortars at the troops. A few IDF engineering vehicles were damaged in the attacks, but no Israeli soldiers were injured.