Salafi jihadists in Gaza claim responsibility for rocket attack.
Photo credit: Sderot Police Station
A rocket struck the Israeli town of Sderot near the Gaza border on Wednesday morning, with ‘Red Alert’ sirens activated in the region.
Police reported that the rocket struck an open area, and no injuries were reported.
Following the attack, an ISIS-linked Salafi jihadists in Gaza claimed responsibility for the rocket strike. An online statement said the attack was part of the set “jihad against Jews,” and a response to the arrest by Hamas of five Salafi operatives in recent days.
Emergency responders provided assistance to a local resident who suffered shock as a result of the incident.
The IDF said the projectile fired from Gaza caused damage upon impact. Police bomb disposal experts were at the scene, and the area has been closed-off.
Shortly after the attack, Palestinian media reported that the IDF has conducted at least two rounds of air strikes at targets in northern Gaza in response to the attack. Reports indicated that targets were concentrated in the Khan Yunis area.
The last rocket attack emanating from the Gaza Strip occurred on August 21. In response to that attack, the IDF launched an air strike and tank shelling against terror targets.