(Israel Hayom and JNS staff) Israeli fighter jets and helicopters carried out two waves of strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning, after terrorists in the coastal enclave fired 15 rockets into Israeli territory overnight Tuesday, according to the Israeli military.
The first two rockets were launched at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday night, Israel time, during the afternoon ceremony at the White House for the signing of the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The red-alert sirens went off in southern Israel as UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan delivered his speech before the signing ceremony.
One of the rockets landed near a shopping center in Ashdod, wounding two residents. Another four people had to be treated for shock. The Iron Dome intercepted the other rocket, which had been fired toward Ashkelon.
In response, Israel struck some 10 Hamas targets in Gaza, including a factory for the production of weapons and explosives and a military compound used for training and rocket fire experiments by Hamas, the military said in a statement.
Then, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a 13-rocket barrage was launched from Gaza at the western Negev region, and eight of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome, according to the Israel Defense Forces. No casualties or damage were reported in the attack.
In response, Israeli forces again struck Hamas targets in Gaza, including “underground infrastructure” belonging to the terrorist organization.