JERUSALEM The Israeli air forces attacked two positions of Islamist movement Hamas on Saturday in the north of the Palestinian Gaza Strip, after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants hit an empty field in the area of Hof Ashkelon.
Earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed on its official Twitter account that a projectile was fired from Gaza and landed without casualties or material damage.
Later on, the IDF tweeted In response to the projectile that hit Israel earlier today, an IDF tank and IAF aircraft targeted 2 Hamas positions in northern Gaza.
Palestinian officials confirmed the airstrike and the tank attack in the north of the Mediterranean enclave, but no casualties were reported.
Shortly before the rocket landed in the empty field, rocket alert sirens were heard in areas located to the north of the Gaza Strip.
Intermittent rocket fire from Gaza, under an Israeli blockade, has been frequent since the Islamist movement Hamas took control of the Strip in 2007.
On Wednesday, Israel struck two Hamas installations in the north of Gaza in response to rocket fire targeting Israeli territories.
Other similar exchanges of fire took place earlier this month and in late February.
Israeli local media point to the possibility that the increase in rocket fire may be linked to Salafist groups close to the Islamic State terror organization, but in any case, Israel blames Hamas for these attacks for being the de facto ruler in the Gaza Strip.