2nd rocket fired from Gaza Strip following IDF retaliatory strikes on Hamas
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2nd rocket fired from Gaza Strip following IDF retaliatory strikes on Hamas

Attack comes after several ‘sea-based bases’ targeted by air force in response to earlier rocket from Strip

Illustrative: A picture taken in Gaza city on May 5, 2019, shows rockets fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
Illustrative: A picture taken in Gaza city on May 5, 2019, shows rockets fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

A rocket was fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, the military said.

The attack came shortly after Israeli planes struck Hamas naval targets off the coast of the Strip following an earlier rocket attack, which landed in an open field in Israel.

The IDF said that warning sirens were activated near the Gaza border. There were no reports of injury or damage.

The Israel Defense Forces said earlier that fighter jets and aircraft hit several “sea-based bases” in the north belonging to the Hamas terror group after Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel Wednesday night.

The army said the strikes were in response to the rocket attack, as well as “continuing terror activities from the Strip.”

An army statement added, “The IDF will continue to oppose attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for what happens in and out of the Gaza Strip. ”

Emergency response personnel arrive at a home in Sderot where metal shrapnel landed following a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on August 17, 2019. (Magen David Adom)

Thursday morning’s rocket attack was the sixth rocket fired at Israel from the enclave in the past week. One rocket was fired at southern Israel on Friday night, followed by three on Saturday night Saturday. Three of these were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. One rocket struck outside a home in the southern town of Sderot, causing light damage, but no physical injuries.

The Israeli military retaliated to the Friday night attack, bombing two Hamas positions in the coastal enclave. There was no military response to the Saturday night rocket attack.

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