(September 12, 2021 / JNS) Israeli fighter jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket into Israeli territory.
Fighter jets and attack helicopters struck a Hamas compound housing a number of underground rocket production workshops, a weapons storage site, a tunnel and a Hamas training facility, reported the Israel Defense Forces.
The rocket, which was launched from Gaza just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system. It triggered sirens in Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council area.
“The IDF will not accept a situation in which terrorist organizations act against Israeli civilians” and holds Hamas accountable for all attacks emanating from Gaza, the IDF said in a statement.
The Israeli strike was the second in Gaza in as many weeks. On Sept. 7, Israeli warplanes attacked Hamas targets in the Strip in response to the launching of incendiary devices into Israeli territory.
Since the end of 11 days of fighting between Israel and Gaza terror groups, Egypt has been attempting to solidify a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which rules the coastal enclave.
However, Hamas has stepped up attacks against Israel, including the launching of rockets, incendiary balloons and renewed riots along the Gaza border, one of which claimed the life of a 21-year-old Israeli Border Police officer, Sgt. Bar-El Hadaria Shmueli.
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