A Gaza-based Salafi Muslim group claimed responsibility Saturday for a rocket fired on Friday at the southern Israeli city of Netivot.
The Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem, which has links to al-Qaeda, said in a statement that despite Israeli air surveillance and persecution at the hands of security forces in Gaza, it was able to launch an attack on Israel. The group added that it will continue firing rockets at Israel, according to Ynet.
The Israeli Air Force hit three terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning in response to the rocket fired at Netivot, the IDF Spokesman’s unit reported. Friday’s projectile landed in the yard of a house, near a Bnei Akiva religious youth center.
One of the IAF’s 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.
Netivot mayor Yehiel Zohar said Saturday that residents 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.