On late Friday, air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and areas near the border with the Gaza Strip.
“Concerning the previous report about the air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon and areas near the border with the Gaza Strip, two rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli territory. The rockets have been intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system,” the IDF said in a statement on late Friday.
Videos have been shared on social media allegedly showing the rockets being shot down in mid-air.
Video: Iron Dome System interception pic.twitter.com/GuRB3T1hSK— Local Focus - Security Alerts (@LocalFocus1) December 25, 2020
In retaliation, the IDF said it has performed rockeе strikes aimed at three military targets, a recent Twitter post reads.
In response to the rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel tonight, the Israeli Air Force struck Hamas terror targets including:— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) December 25, 2020
🎯A rocket manufacturing site
🎯A military post
Hamas will bear the consequences for all terror emanating from Gaza.
The latest rocket attack reported by the Israeli military occurred in November. The IDF, in response, struck what it claimed were Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Tel Aviv holds Hamas responsible for any attack coming from the Gaza Strip.
In the wake of the attacks, the Israeli military announced earlier it was building up military capabilities in the southern part of the country.