In response to rocket fire: IDF strikes 2 Hamas terror targets

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The emergency director at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, Ayman al Sahbani, said that three of the injured were discharged after undergoing treatment.

After a rocket was launched yesterday against the Israeli city of Ashqelon, the Israeli army struck two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, a military spokesman said Wednesday. One 26-year-old man was reported to be in critical condition with head wounds. No damage or injuries were caused by the rocket.

In February, Israeli security forces thwarted an attempt to smuggle hundreds of drones and other banned items into the Gaza Strip through the postal service.

He said that Israeli F16 warplanes bombed a site northwest of Gaza City and another to the west of the city causing damage to both sites and to civilian homes nearby.

Missiles and rockets are periodically fired into Israel, generally by hardline Palestinian Islamist groups opposed to Hamas.

The airstrikes came after Israel claimed a rocket fired from Gaza has landed in the Israeli town of Asqalan.

The Israeli side usually blames the Palestinian Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, for the attacks carried out from the territory of the Gaza Strip.