Hamas fires Qassam rockets from Gaza into the Negev, kindergarten hit

Gaza terrorists launched two Qassam rockets at Israel’s communities in the western Negev late Tuesday afternoon. One rocket hit a local kindergarten. There were no physical injuries in the attack because the school was closed for the day, but it was badly damaged.

INN  The other rocket exploded in an open area in the western Negev. No physical injuries or property damage was reported.

The rocket attacks mark a continuation of the airstrikes-for-rocket-attacks paradigm that has defined Israel’s poor security situation in the south for many years.

Earlier on Tuesday, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee a resumption of rocket fire from Gaza would necessitate a major operation aimed at changing strategic realities vis-a-vis Hamas and its terror allies in Gaza.

The news of a Qassam rocket striking an Israeli school is perhaps not shocking, however, as Palestinian militants have a track-record of launching their assaults at civilian targets, and often from within civilian locations.

IAF retaliates, hits terror targets in Gaza, several hours after terrorist fire rockets at the Negev.

INN  Airstrikes-for-rocket-attacks continue: IAF hits terror targets in Gaza, several hours after terrorist fire rockets at the Negev.

IAF aircraft attacked a terror tunnel and a center of terrorist activity in northern Gaza on Tuesday night, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement.

According to the statement, direct hits were identified and all Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases.

“The terror tunnels were designed to allow terrorists to infiltrate into Israel and carry out attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,” the Spokesperson said.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to act decisively and strongly against anyone who uses terrorism against Israel,” said the statement.