(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) IDF tanks struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday, after a Gazan rocket landed on a residential street in the southern city of Sderot. No injuries were reported in the rocket attack, though paramedics treated bystanders for shock and a nearby house and car suffered damage.
The rocket attack came after a calm Rosh Hashanah holiday. Following the IDF's retaliatory strike, Hamas ordered its operatives to leave their posts in western Gaza City. Hamas leaders have been unreachable on their cellular phones.
The Islamic State-affiliated Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, though Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks launched from the Gaza Strip, which it controls.
The Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist group launched the rocket as part of an ongoing jihad campaign and due to recent arrests by Hamas of Salafist activists.
Magen David Adom emergency services paramedics were among the first to arrive at the scene of the rocket attack in Sderot. They reported glass shards from car windows scattered near the impact site. A 15-year-old girl and a 60-year-old man were treated for panic attacks they suffered as a result of the rocket strike and were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center.