Rocket fired from Gaza; IDF strikes four targets in response

Rocket fired into Israel Tuesday night; IDF holds Hamas responsible following rocket attack on Israel, strikes four targets in response; Hamas makes arrest

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

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

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel late Wednesday evening. It was the first Grad rocket fired into Israel from the Strip into Israeli territory since Operation Protective Edge over the summer.

Several reports claimed over 5 rocket attacks, with only one confirmed landing in Israel territory.

The IDF released a statement that, “We hold Hamas responsible for everything that happens in the Strip.”

Sirens alerted residents of the Lachish region as well in Ashdod.

Hamas media reportedly evacuated security headquarters following the rocket attack in fear of an Israel response.

No damages or injuries were reported.

The Israeli Air Force struck four targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket attack. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated, “If there is no calm in Israel, the Gaza Strip will pay a heavy price for it, one that causes anyone who chooses to challenge us to regret it.”

Hamas responded to the rocket attack Wednesday morning, claiming they were not responsible. Hamas stated that, “What happened yesterday goes against the interests of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and against our national interests. We consider the rocket fire to be a dangerous thing. Right after the rocket fire, our security forces were deployed to different places across the Strip and hunted for the shooters until they were found and arrested.”

Israel and Hamas hold a ceasefire brokered through Egypt since Operation Protective Edge last summer.