Israel Defense Forces: We Struck Hamas Targets After Gaza Fired 5th Rocket to Israel in 6 Days

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Wednesday said they attacked military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the Gaza strip after the fifth rocket was fired from the territory into Israel in the past six days.

"BREAKING: Rocket fired from #Gaza into #Israel. This is the 5th rocket fired from Gaza in the last 6 days," the official IDF Twitter account wrote early on Thursday morning local time. "In response to the rocket fired from #Gaza to #Israel, we just struck a number of military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the northern Gaza Strip."

The rocket reportedly hit an open ground in southern Israel on Wednesday night local time with no reports of injuries or damages, according to the Associated Press. The violent exchange came after the Gaza-Israel border experienced weeks of calm.

In a statement, the IDF said sirens failed to sound in nearby towns as the projectile sped towards an unpopulated area in Israel. A spokesperson for the Sha'ar Hanegev region revealed that people living in Nahal Oz, a kibbutz in southern Israel, found out about the incident through an alert system.

The attacks come after four rockets had already been fired into Israel over the past week. One rocket was launched towards southern Israel on Friday. Another three were fired on Saturday evening. Although one of the rockets hit near a residence in Sderot, a former development town in the Southern District of Israel, the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the other three. No injuries have been reported from any of the rockets.

In response to the Friday incident, the IDF bombed a couple of Hamas positions, but it appears they did not directly retaliate to the Saturday attacks.

Gazans have also attempted to breach the border fence on several occasions since the start of August, according to Haaretz.

The Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar on Tuesday, quoting a senior Hamas source, reported that Palestinian factions have warned Israel that if they fail to meet its ceasefire commitments by allowing the transfer of financial aid from Qatar then the border clashes will continue to escalate.

The Gaza Strip is a "volcano that is about to erupt," Palestinian factions reportedly told Israel on Monday, according to Haaretz. "Israel is continuing to play with fire," they added.

"The occupation's crimes against the Palestinian people and the holy sites will not go unanswered," the factions said in a joint statement, referring to recent incidents on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

In response, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country is planning a "forceful military strike against Hamas."

"I am preparing a massive campaign; it will be different than anything we have seen before," Netanyahu said. "I cannot elaborate on the preparations but we are properly positioned for such a scenario."

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