The Israeli Air Force launched air strikes against four Hamas military targets in Gaza early on Wednesday morning in response to an alleged attack reported the previous evening from Gaza on the southern city of Ashdod in Israel.
“The attack took place in response to… rocket attacks on the State of Israel earlier this evening, which was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery,” according to a statement released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
"The IDF will continue defending all Israelis who are repeatedly attacked by such blatant acts of aggression," the statement read.
There were no immediate reports of casualties. Witnesses on social media said that they heard series of large explosions. After the explosions, rescue crews, ambulances and firefighters arrived at the scene.
Israeli jets are reportedly still flying over the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army said in a statement that the airstrikes were a response to a rocket attack from Gaza on the southern Israel city of Ashdod earlier on Tuesday. The Israeli Iron Dome anti-rocket battery reportedly intercepted the rocket.
No one claimed responsibility for the alleged rocket fire but Israeli army officials blamed the Hamas movement, which has ruled Gaza since 2007.
IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “This evening, the third day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a rocket was fired at southern Israel sending the residents of Ashdod as well as several surrounding communities to nearby bomb-shelters. Hamas is responsible and will be held accountable for every attack emanating from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue defending all Israelis who are repeatedly attacked by such blatant acts of aggression.”