Palestinian rockets and mortars hit southern Israel, terror targets struck in Gaza

( A tumultuous post-Passover period continued in Israel on Wednesday morning when Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets at the southern Israeli city of Sderot, following the Israel Air Force’s Tuesday night strike on two Gaza terror targets, Israel Hayom reported. The air force strike had come in response to mortar fire at Israel’s south on Tuesday afternoon.

A Qassam rocket in Sderot. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“The IDF struck Gaza last night because we hold Hamas responsible for anything fired from Gaza at Israel. We will not abide a trickle of rocket fire on Israeli civilians or security forces … such incidents will meet a forceful response,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Wednesday.

There were no injuries sustained from the Palestinian rockets or the Israeli strike. Tuesday marked the third time Gaza rockets hit Israel since the November ceasefire between Israel and Hamas following Operation Pillar of Defense, with the previous fire coming during President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel. The Israel Air Force strike was the air force’s first action in Gaza since November’s conflict.

“Hamas understands that there are new rules now,” IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said. “The past five months have been the quietest since the [2005] disengagement [from Gaza by Israel].”

Posted on April 3, 2013 .