by Elad Benari
IDF attacks Hamas targets in Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire on Ashdod and Ashkelon.
IDF fighter jets attacked about 15 terror targets in the northern and central Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, including a number of targets at a military site for production of weapons, a number of targets in compound belonging to Hamas’ naval force and an offensive terrorist tunnel belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.
The statement said that the air strikes were carried out in response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Tuesday evening.
"The IDF will continue to oppose attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip," it said.
Palestinian Arab sources reported earlier that the Israel Air Force attacked a number of targets in Gaza in response to the rocket fire on Ashdod and Ashkelon earlier in the evening.
According to the reports, Hamas targets were reportedly attacked in the area of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza and in the Deir al-Balah area in the central Gaza Strip. An attack was also reported in the Khan Yunis area in the southern Gaza Strip.
On Tuesday evening around 9:07 p.m., the Red Color sirens were heard in the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon and in the industrial areas near the two cities.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said two launches were identified from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory and were intercepted by the Iron Dome.
At the time of the siren, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was in the middle of a speech at a political conference in Ashdod. The speech was stopped, Netanyahu was taken off the stage and the participants were evacuated.
A few minutes later, Netanyahu returned to the stage, resumed his speech and said, "If Hamas shoots at us in the middle of the Likud event, it probably does not want us here."
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