Israeli tanks fired upon a “terror site” in north Gaza in retaliation for an unprovoked rocket attack from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel late Thursday.
The Gaza rocket fire came on the same day that Israel was celebrating its 67th year of independence. Israel Defense Forces said the terror site was a Hamas-operated depot near Beit Hanoun, Gaza.
The official IDF Spokesperson account wrote on Twitter:
In response to tonight's rocket attack, the IDF has targeted terror infrastructure in northern Gaza.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 23, 2015
Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that the tank fire was complemented by Israeli air force strikes on the Hamas base.
On Thursday, rockets were fired out of Hamas-ruled Gaza towards Sderot, Israel. The attack marked the fourth time that the Palestinian side has violated the ceasefire that was agreed upon by Israel and Hamas following the 2014 50-day war between the opposing forces.
Some predict that Hamas is readying for a full-scale conflict with Israel.
On Friday morning, Israeli Brigadier General Zvika Fogel told Army Radio that another war between Israel and Hamas would likely occur by “the end of 2015 or early 2016.”
“The population in the Gaza Strip since the [military] operation [against Hamas] has been neglected, and pressure on Hamas is growing,” he added.
Hamas, with the help of Iran and other Islamic states, has been successfully soliciting tens of millions of dollars to rebuild its terror infrastructure in Gaza.