IDF fires at Hamas targets in response to Gaza rocket attack on Israel

Source: IDF fires at Hamas targets in response to Gaza rocket attack on Israel – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

06 February 2017 09:2

Projectile lands in southern Israel; none hurt.
Gaza Strip

Light streak trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel July 29, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS)

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council in southern Israel on Monday morning.

Security forces were sweeping the area for remnants of the projectile. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attack.

The IDF fired tank rounds at Hamas targets in northern Gaza in response to the rocket fire, the military said. It was not immediately clear if any injuries were caused by the reprisal fire.

A senior IDF official told Channel 2 last week that Hamas has fully replenished its military capability it had lost following 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.

During an interview with the Israeli broadcaster, the official said that the terror organization had used the proceeding years since the 2014 offensive to work on its tunnels and shore-up its missile programs.

Self-made weapons from inside the Gaza Strip comprise a large part of Hamas’s missile stockpile. The official said the material for making of the weapons came through the Egyptian-controlled Rafah border crossing following peace talks between Hamas and Cairo.

The military assumption, the official noted, is that Hamas is not looking for a confrontation with Israel in the near future.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Hamas’s military wing said Tuesday that Israel’s concern with the organization’s network of clandestine terror tunnels was proof of Hamas’s success during the 2014 war.

The Hamas spokesperson sighted an anticipated report on Operation Protective Edge that is expected to contain scathing criticism of Israel’s military and political leadership.

“In the near future, there will be even larger forces that will fall,” the Hamas spokesperson said.

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