IAF Strikes in Gaza Following Rocket Attack

The Israeli Air Force attacked three terrorist infrastructures in Gaza on Wednesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

The attack came in retaliation for the rocket fire on southern Israel on Wednesday evening, the statement said.

"The IDF views the incident seriously,” the IDF Spokesperson said, adding that Hamas, being the de facto ruler of Gaza, is responsible for any rocket fire from the region.

“Red Alert” rocket sirens were heard on Wednesday at around 11:00 p.m. (local time) in some communities in southern Israel, among them in the Ashkelon and Netivot areas.

Two rockets from Gaza exploded in the Sdot Negev region. There were no physical injuries or damages.

Following the attack, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman said that it is the Israeli government’s “policy of restraint” that is to blame for the resumption of rocket attacks.

“Powerlessness leads to failure. The policy led by the Prime Minister, of restraint and containment and obvious reluctance to topple the Hamas terror regime, leads to the residents of the south and then all the residents of Israel, again being held hostage by the terrorists in Gaza,” Liberman said.

“Israel must respond firmly and not just issue a verbal response or bomb empty sands,” he added.

Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, also called on the government to respond to the attack.

“We are into the summer and again we find ourselves faced with alarms and rockets falling in our territory. We demand that the army and the state respond harshly to any firing, to protect the safety of the Gaza Belt residents and the entire south and allow our children to enjoy a fun summer vacation,” he said.

Wednesday’s attack came just one week after terrorists from Gaza fired a Grad rocket towards southern Israel. The rocket exploded near the community of Gan Yavneh, near Ashdod. There were no injuries.

The IDF retaliated for the attack by launching airstrikes on terrorist infrastructures in Gaza.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196265

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