The Israeli military says it has struck Hamas military positions in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired a rocket toward southern Israel.
Islamic Jihad fought alongside Gaza's rulers Hamas in the last war with Israel in 2014.
According to the press release, air defense siren went off in the regional council of Hof Ashkelon area near the Gaza Strip in southern Israel. The rocket was successfully intercepted by an Iron Dome battery.
The Palestinians claim they were killed by an Israeli missile, an assassination from the air.
The control Hamas exercises over the Gaza Strip was evidenced as Israel once again destroyed a terror tunnel that extended from the Hamas-ruled territory into Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.
Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said in a statement Wednesday night following a sixth night of rocket attacks on southern Israel that enough is enough.
Thus far, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has announced the Erez and Kerem Shalom land crossings with Gaza will be closed Thursday (Dec. 14) in response to the attacks, which left at least four people injured.
Before Wednesday night's rocket fire, the Hadashot television news outlet reported that the Israeli military was planning to take "dramatically" more aggressive action in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, in light of the increase in the number of launches. They insist that Jerusalem is the single and indivisible capital of Israel.