Prisoner release accompanied by Hamas rocket fire at Israel

( While Israel completed the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday night—marking the first phase of a process that will free 104 terrorists for the restarting of Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations—Hamas fired two rockets at Sderot and the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

Palestinian rocket launchers in Gaza. Israel's prisoner release Tuesday night was accompanied by Hamas rocket fire on southern Israel. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

The rockets caused no damage or injuries. On Wednesday morning, the Israeli Air Force conducted an airstrike on rocket-launching equipment in Gaza in response to Tuesday night’s rocket fire, according to an IDF statement. Rocket-launching devices were destroyed in the airstrike, and no casualties were reported.

The Mojahideen Shura Council Environs of Jerusalem, a Salafi Palestinian terrorist group, had launched a Grad rocket attack on Eilat earlier Tuesday. The terrorist group said, “We want to emphasize that Eilat and other Jewish cities will never enjoy security, tourism or a flourishing economy.”

Israel completed the first phase of the prisoner release in time for the resumption of Israel-Palestinian conflict talks on Wednesday in Jerusalem.


Posted on August 14, 2013 .