Israeli aircraft attacked a terrorist infrastructure in northern Gaza overnight Saturday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Ashkelon several hours earlier, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.
In addition, following several rocket attacks in recent days, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has decided to close the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings between Gaza and Israel, the statement said.
The crossings will only be opened in humanitarian cases, and the decision on the opening of the crossings will be made on the basis of a security assessment and in accordance with security considerations.
“The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible” for the continuous rocket attacks on southern Israel, said the IDF statement.
One rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area outside Ashkelon on Saturday night, after sirens sounded in the Ashkelon area, the Lachish region and the Hof Ashkelon area.
Several explosions were also heard in the area. No injuries or damage were reported.
Saturday evening’s rocket attack is the latest in several attacks from Gaza in recent days. On Wednesday evening, two rockets from Gaza exploded in the Sdot Negev region. There were no physical injuries or damages.
Wednesday’s attack came just one week after terrorists from Gaza fired a Grad rocket towards southern Israel. The rocket exploded near the community of Gan Yavneh, near Ashdod. There were no injuries.
Due to the numerous rocket attacks, the IDF deployed Iron Dome batteries to the Ashkelon, Ashdod and Netivot areas on Friday.