Israel carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas “terror targets” in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday-Thursday, the IDF said, in response to machine gun fire that struck several homes in the Israeli city of Sderot, apparently fired from across the border.
An army statement said the “terror targets belonging to Hamas” included four site on a Hamas military base and three at a weapons factory. Israel carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas “terror targets” in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday-Thursday, the IDF said, in response to machine gun fire that struck several homes in the Israeli city of Sderot, apparently fired from across the border.
According to the city of Sderot, the shots from Gaza were aimed at an army aircraft that had been flying overhead, and the bullets struck the homes as they fell back down to earth.
“A short while ago, shots were fired at an Israel Defense Forces aircraft. Rounds hit a number of homes in Sderot,” the city said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, shots were fired at Israeli soldiers stationed on the border, according to the army. There were no reports of injuries.
In response, an IDF tank fired on a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said. A few hours after the machine gun fire hit the Sderot homes, Israeli troops on the border were again shot at, that time near southern Gaza, the army said.
In response, an Israeli tank destroyed two Hamas observation posts in southern Gaza, according to the IDF.
The bullets that hit Sderot, a city in southern Israel that has frequently been the site of rocket attacks over the past 20 years, were large caliber rounds that were fired from a heavy machine gun by members of a terrorist group in Gaza, the IDF said.
The army would not immediately comment on whether the aircraft had been hit in the shooting attack. “The IDF sees this as a serious event and holds Hamas responsible for everything that occurs in the Gaza Strip,” the army said. source