Air force strikes Gaza after rocket hits South
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Air force strikes Gaza after rocket hits South

Sirens wail at 2 a.m. as missile hits open area near Ashkelon; no injuries or damage confirmed; IDF bombs target in response

Illustrative: A trail of smoke from a rocket as it was launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, August 24, 2014. (Edi Israel/Flash90/File)
Illustrative: A trail of smoke from a rocket as it was launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, August 24, 2014. (Edi Israel/Flash90/File)

Rocket alert sirens rang out early Thursday morning in towns near the Gaza Strip after a missile was fired from the Palestinian territory. The air force struck the Gaza Strip hours later in response.

One rocket fired from the coastal enclave struck an open area near the southern city of Ashkelon after Code Red alerts went off shortly after 2 a.m.

No injuries or damage were inflicted, the IDF said, and soldiers were scouring the area for remains of the projectile.

It wasn’t immediately clear who was responsible for the rocket fire.

Hours later, just after sunup, the Israeli Air Force struck a target near the El Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported, according to Hamas’s Al-Aqsa Radio.

The IDF said it wouldn’t tolerate any attempts to harm Israeli citizens and that it holds Hamas responsible.

Earlier this week, rocket sirens sounded across northern Israel in what turned out to be a false alarm. Sunday’s incident was the latest in a string of false alarms in recent weeks in which sirens sounded in southern Israel and the Golan Heights.

The rocket was the latest to hit southern Israel. Earlier this month, an Islamic State-affiliated group fired three rockets into southern Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, causing no injuries or damage.

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