Israel struck several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday after a rocket was launched at southern Israel earlier in the evening, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
The rocket triggered sirens in Ashkelon and Kibbutz Zikim, according to the IDF, sending thousands running to bomb shelters. Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam was hosting Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant for a tour of the city at the time, Ynet reported. Two girls were lightly injured while running to shelters, according to the report.
The rocket landed in an open field, causing no damage.
“A short time ago, IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked a number of additional terror targets in the Gaza Strip belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization. During the attack, a military compound belonging to one of the Hamas terrorist organization’s special units was hit,” the military said in a statement.
The strikes were a response to the rocket and also to explosive and incendiary balloons launched into Israel from Gaza earlier in the day, according to the IDF.
Cross-border arson attacks from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday ignited at least 39 fires in southern Israel. Firefighters, Jewish National Fund and Israel Nature and Parks Authority teams, IDF soldiers and civilian volunteers worked from the morning hours to extinguish the flames. Most of the fires were “small and not dangerous,” an Israel Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson said in a statement.
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