The IDF bombed Hamas positions in response to gunfire that set off alarms in southern Israel.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News
IDF tanks shelled and destroyed two Hamas observations posts on the Gaza border on Sunday night in response to heavy machine gun fire discharged by Hamas during military maneuvers in the Strip, which set off rocket alarms in the south of the country.
Several Code Red alarms sounded in the South Sunday evening and Iron Dome defense batteries responded to what was thought to be missiles fired from the Gaza Strip by launching several interceptors.
IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Menelis stated that there had been no missile attacks on southern Israel. “All the Code Red sirens sounded following automatic gunfire emanating from Gaza. No missiles landed in Israeli territory. The IDF will study the event in order to figure out why the sirens went off,” Menelis said.
The IDF attacked the two Hamas military positions after the incident.
The IDF stated that it viewed the Hamas terror organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, as responsible for all incidents emanating from the Strip, and that it “takes seriously all types of fire aimed at Israeli territory.”
This latest incident occurred as tensions on the border with Gaza are running high.
Israel’s Air Force (IAF) on Saturday night targeted a Hamas terror target in a military compound in Rafah, southern Gaza, in response to a cross-border provocation earlier in the day.
Four Gazans cut through the security fence between Israel and Gaza in an attempt to damage an engineering vehicle involved in the construction of the anti-terror tunnel underground barrier.
Similarly, there were several recent attempts by Gaza terrorists to deploy and detonate explosive devices against IDF forces in the area.
This coming Friday, Hamas plans to lead a mass march on Israel’s border, an incident Israel fears could lead to casualties.