Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired an estimated five missiles at southern Israel on Tuesday night. At least one missile landed near the Jewish village of Gan Yavne near the coastal city of Ashdod. There were no injuries or damage reported.
So far, no terror group has claimed responsibility for the first significant missile attack since last summer’s Gaza war. Officials in Jerusalem, however, hold Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, firmly responsible for this new provocation.
Palestinian reports suggested the attack was carried out by the smaller Islamic Jihad, which Hamas permits to operate out of Gaza. Islamic Jihad was said to have appointed a new commander in northern Gaza, but the move was vocally opposed by his predecessor. In retaliation, supporters of the new commander reportedly abducted two backers of his predecessor, who in turn responded by striking Israel. Hamas is said to have made arrests in the incident.
But Israel wasn’t about to wait for Hamas justice, and launched aerial strikes overnight on terrorist positions across Gaza in response to the attack on Israeli civilians.