Air force strikes 3 terrorist targets in Gaza
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Air force strikes 3 terrorist targets in Gaza

Attack comes in response to rocket fire on Netivot, where defiant residents vow to not remain silent

Smoke rises following an Israeli Air Force airstrike in the Gaza Strip in June (Photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/ Flash 90)
Smoke rises following an Israeli Air Force airstrike in the Gaza Strip in June (Photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/ Flash 90)

Israeli aircraft hit three terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning in response to rocket fire on southern Israel Friday, the IDF Spokesman’s unit reported.

One of the targets was located in the northern part of the strip while the other two were located in central Gaza. There were no reports on injuries.

The airstrike came in response to a rocket fired from Gaza, which landed in Netivot Friday evening. The projectile landed in the yard of a house, near a Bnei Akiva religious youth center.

There were no injuries, but one individual was treated for shock by Magen David Adom and the building was damaged.

Mayor Yehiel Zohar said Saturday that residents of Netivot were very angry, and that they would not let the city turn into a second Sderot. The southern Israeli city of Sderot has been the target of frequent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip for more than 10 years.

“We will not be quiet and we won’t let the government rest,” Zohar said.

The attack on Netivot came on the heels of a tumultuous week in which Hamas announced it had improved its rocket-launching technology to include up to six rockets at a time, and after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel — more than 50 of them on Monday.

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