Photo Credit: Ofer Zidon / Flash 90
Israeli F-16 fighter jet in action.

Israeli Defense Forces set out to retaliate in the wee hours of Monday morning for the disrupted lives and endless hours of rocket attacks aimed at southern Israel this past week-plus by Gaza terrorists, and in particular the attack earlier this evening.

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Earlier Sunday evening, a Jewish home sustained a direct hit one of the rockets. Although the family was safe because they made it into their shelter just seconds earlier, it sent more than a few residents into trauma, and the rocket damaged the home. A second rocket landed in a open area, both in areas along the Gaza border.

Residents of Ashkelon and even as far as Ashdod reported overnight hearing massive explosions emanating from Gaza which made their windows shake. You can hear the explosions in the video above, as the Rocket sirens is wailing.

Update: The IDF Spokesman reports that the Israeli Air Force hit a Hamas base in northern Gaza that is used as a training facility. Six targets were hit inside the base, including a building and terrorist infrastructure. The strikes were in response to the rockets that were launched from Gaza.

The IDF views the rocket attacks as very serious, and won’t allow attacks or attempts to attack the citizens of Israel. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.