Israeli aircraft carried out airstrikes in Gaza in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning in response to three rockets that were fired into Israel from the Strip, the army said.

Israel Defense Forces aircraft attacked several targets near Khan Younis in southern Gaza, according to Palestinian media reports.

“A short time ago IDF warplanes attacked terror targets belonging to Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip. A site for manufacturing weapons for Hamas’s military wing was attacked. The attack was a blow to Hamas’s ability to further arm itself,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The attack was carried out in response to high altitude fire and balloon explosives from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory today,” the statement said.

At least three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel shortly after midnight, setting off rocket sirens in southern Israeli communities.

“An alarm was activated in the city of Netivot and in the area around Gaza,” the IDF said in a statement. “Following the alarm, three launches were identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.”

Two people were lightly injured while rushing for bomb shelters, Army Radio reported. There were no reports of the Iron Dome missile defense system being activated.

Read more at Times of Israel

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