IDF responds to rocket fired from Gaza Strip at Sderot

No injuries or damages reported; IDF responds to rocket attack; PFLP claims responsibility for attack

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel

Both IDF armored corps and the Israel Air Force responded to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Sunday afternoon.

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Sderot, a southern city in Israel most targeted by rocket fire. The rocket landed in a residential area and near to a college, with no injuries or damages reported.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed the attack, stating “The rocket hit the town of Sderot where some 19,000 people live. Thankfully, despite the attacker’s intentions, the rocket failed to wound anybody. In response, the IDF responded and attacked two Hamas positions.”

The IDF reported that it hit two Hamas infrastructures, the Palestinians reporting two injuries from airstrikes.

The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) took responsibility for the rocket attack, claiming it has a right to “practice all forms of resistance in response to the crimes and hubris of the occupation.”

Israel holds Hamas, the ruling party of the Gaza Strip, responsible for all attacks on the State of Israel. The rocket fired today was the 16th rocket fired into Israel in 2016.

Sunday into Monday, the IDF carried out numerous strikes in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack over the weekend. The Salafi Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, a terrorist organization affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday.

According to the IDF, over 50 terrorist targets were hit in the strikes, the IDF spokesperson’s Unit stating on the mission “The IAF targeted terrorist infrastructure in response to projectile fire at the city of Sderot, which violated Israel’s sovereignty and placed Israeli lives at risk. Hamas is the sovereign ruler of the Gaza Strip and it will be held responsible for any terrorist attack emanating from Gaza. The IDF will continue to act decisively at all times to protect and defend the State of Israel.”