On Independence Day, Gaza rocket launched at Israel for first time in 2015

A street shelter used by Sderot citizens during code red rocket sirens. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) For the first time in 2015, and on the same day Israel celebrated its 67th Independence Day, a code-red rocket siren sounded Thursday in the southern Israeli town of Sderot and other communities on the border with Gaza.

While there were no reports from local residents of any explosions around the time of the siren at 9 p.m. Israel time, the IDF investigated the siren and determined that one rocket was fired at Israel from Gaza. The rocket reportedly exploded in an open area. In response, Israeli forces fired two shells at a Hamas training facility. No injuries were reported.

No specific Palestinian terror group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s rocket attack. But a defense official said Israel holds Hamas responsible for the attack because the terror group governs Gaza.

“Even without pinpointing the identity of who fired, we expect the defense establishment to ensure peace and quiet in the area,” Alon Shuster, head of the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel, told Israel Hayom.

***Correction: The headline of this news brief initially stated that Hamas fired a rocket at Israel. Hamas, however, has not claimed responsibility for this attack.

Posted on April 23, 2015 .