Lag B'Omer celebrations in Israel interrupted with 'Code Red' rocket siren, air force strikes back

( Residents of Israel’s south were forced into shelters by a “Code Red” siren while Lag B’Omer was celebrated on Sunday, following an Israel Air Force (IAF) attack on Gaza in response to a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza on Saturday night.

A Qassam rocket. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The rocket fired on Saturday hit the Sdot Negev area. No injuries or damage were reported.

In response, the IAF hit several targets in Gaza, including a terrorist facility and weapons storage site, according to the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not tolerate this “drizzle” of rocket fire.

“I want to make clear that we will not tolerate a ‘drizzle’ policy; a ‘drizzle’ of rockets or missiles will be met by a very aggressive reaction, and we will take all necessary action to defend our citizens,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom.

Israel has experienced increasing rocket fire in recent weeks after a period of relative calm since last November’s conflict. On April 17, the southern city of Eilat was hit by twin rocket attacks from Egypt’s increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula. 

Posted on April 28, 2013 .