Israel Defense Force aircraft opened fire against Hamas subterranean positions in the southern Gaza Strip following a rocket attack aimed at southern Israel shortly after midnight late Wednesday night. The IDF said in a statement that fighter jets bombed “underground terror infrastructure on a base belonging to the Hamas terror group in the southern Gaza Strip.”
The IDF said its response came after rocket fire aimed at the Eshkol Regional Council district in southern Israel which triggered the Red Alert incoming rocket alert siren in nearby Jewish communities and sent hundreds of residents racing for safe spaces.
Local sources in Gaza said Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists were evacuating “all resistance sites and security sites.”
One rocket was subsequently identified as having been fired from Gaza and “intercepted by the Iron Dome fighters,” the IDF said.
“The IDF will act against any offensive intention against the residents of Israel and considers the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” the IDF added.