IAF hits Gaza targets in response to rocket fire

Military says it targeted weapons facilities and rocket launching site, after 6 rockets hit southern Israel; Iron Dome intercepts 2 projectiles

Smoke billows over Gaza after a series of IAF airstrikes that marked the onset of Operation Pillar of Defense, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

Smoke billows over Gaza after a series of IAF airstrikes that marked the onset of Operation Pillar of Defense, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

Two weapons facilities and a rocket launching site in Gaza were targeted by the Israeli Air Force in the early hours of Monday morning, the IDF Spokesperson’s office said, after at least six rockets were launched from the Strip into southern Israel late Sunday night and early Monday.

Red alert sirens sounded across several regions of southern Israel, in the worst such attacks since last November.

Two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel

No injuries or damage reported; red-alert alarm fails to sound

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Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip Thursday night, landing in open areas in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

No injuries or damage were reported from the strikes, which occurred around 11 p.m. Hebrew media sources reported that no red-alert alarm was sounded.

The rockets were the second salvo this week. On Wednesday, two rockets fired from Sinai hit Eilat, one causing light damage in a residential area.

Rocket fire from Gaza tailed off after Operation Pillar of Defense in November, but the last several weeks have seen a number of strikes.

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Kassam barrage fired at Israel, damage reported

‘Obama should see what it’s like here,’ says Sderot mother after rocket lands in her yard

A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Sderot, November 11, 2012 (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Sderot, November 11, 2012 (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90)

By March 21, 2013

Four rockets were fired at Israel out of Gaza Thursday morning, as red alert sirens rang out in south, breaking a tense several month calm in the area.

One of the Kassam rockets landed in a residential courtyard in Sderot, causing no injuries but some damage to the home of the Hazizu family. Another landed in an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev area with no reported injures or damage, and two more landed within the Strip, near the fence with Israel, according to initial reports.

“[President Barack] Obama should come and see how we live here,” said Sara Hazizu on Army Radio. “We live in nice homes, but that means nothing. Really, we live in our security rooms. He should see how our 8-year-old daughter has to dash for the safety of the security room [when the rocket alarms go off].”

 

“The fire this morning is a letter from the Gazan organizations to the President of the United States,” said Sderot Mayor David Buskila, adding that it was probably a “one-time event.”

“I think they are trying to tell him that he can make agreements with [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas, but they set the tone,” Buskila said.

Security sources in Jerusalem agreed that the rocket fire was “a message timed [by Gaza terror groups] for Obama’s visit to show they’re still there.” The sources did not believe Hamas was responsible, and said they thought it unlikely Israel would respond, certainly not while Obama is here.

Last month, a rocket was fired from Gaza on Ashdod, landing in an open area, the first such incident since the end of Operation Pillar of Defense in November.

The rockets came hours before Obama was due to visit Ramallah as part of his three-day visit to Israel and the PA.

On Wednesday, Obama visited an Iron Dome anti-missile battery at Ben-Gurion airport upon landing in Israel. The battery, which was key in shooting down missiles over Sderot and other towns near Gaza during Pillar of Defense, was brought to the airport to allow the president to be photographed with it.

The system was built largely with American funding.

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