After at least one rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza late Saturday night, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) retaliated with significant strikes on multiple Hamas facilities; The Iron Dome defense system failed to intercept the incoming rocket(s).

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck multiple Hamas targets located in Gaza on Sunday following the firing of at least one rocket from Gaza into the area of Ashkelon, Israel, which is located straight north of the Strip. The rocket fire caused thousands of Israelis to seek out their bunkers.

Following the retaliatory strikes in Gaza, the IDF issued a reminder that Israel holds Hamas responsible for any rocket fire from the Strip. Hamas is the Iranian-sponsored terror proxy “running” Gaza. The IDF further urged that Israel takes all threats coming from Gaza very seriously and will respond as necessary to defend the well-being of all Israelis.

It is reported that the IAF carried out the strikes via attack helicopters and fighter jets. According to the IDF, they successfully hit “two rocket manufacturing sites, underground infrastructure and a training facility for the Hamas terror group’s naval force.”

In what is of significant concern to the IDF, the Iron Dome missile defense system failed to intercept the incoming rocket, which was also the case during last week’s rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. In addition to the military looking into this matter, they also began a new training exercise(s) for the Southern Command in preparation for future confrontations with their adversaries in Gaza.