The Israeli military hit more than 50 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following Palestinian rocket fire at Israel's southern town of Sderot.
commanders said the retaliatory strikes marked the greatest blow suffered by
Hamas since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
rocket fired from Gaza landed in a residential area, exploding next to a house
and causing no damage or injuries. Police and Homefront Command forces cordoned
off the area while sappers safely removed the projectile from the premises.
IAF targeted terrorist infrastructure in response to projectile fire at the
city of Sderot, which violated Israel's sovereignty and placed Israeli lives at
risk. Hamas is the sovereign ruler of the Gaza Strip and it will be held
responsible for any terrorist attack emanating from Gaza."
an IDF statement said.
attack disrupted the Live Sderot music festival that had been taking place in
the city. Mayor Alon Davidi consulted with police and military officials, and
was granted permission to resume the festival, which saw some 5,000 visitors.
Israelis gathered to celebrate.
prove to anyone who wants to harm us and disrupt our lives that they can't do
that," said one festival goer. "Naturally, we have some
concerns over the rocket fire, but rocket or no rocket -- life has to go