Israel’s military conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after Hamas militants fired rockets from inside Gaza.

Two rockets triggered alarm sirens at 2:00 a.m. in the city of Ashdod and Kibbutz Palmachim as well as in several central Israeli communities. Both of the rockets landed in open areas and no casualties were reported. 

The Israeli’s Iron Dome missile defense system fired at both rockets. Shrapnel from one of the Iron Dome rockets fell in Bat Yam south of Tel Aviv, Mayor Zvika Brot reported. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack. However, the Israeli news service Haaretz reported that Hamas stated that lightning from a storm had accidentally caused the rocket launch.

“This morning, the IDF attacked Hamas infrastructure and targets in the Gaza Strip,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We will not accept any attacks against the State of Israel and the citizens of Israel.

“I warn the terror organizations in Gaza, even during the Corona crisis — do not test us. I never list our operational plans, but I’m warning them — the price of continued aggression will be heavy, very heavy.”

“It was a restless night in the south of the country, and there is one person responsible for it — Hamas,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said. “If Hamas does not stand the test of peace the results will be dire first of all for its leadership and for the residents of the Gaza Strip.”

“I would like to tell the residents of the south that we are working in several directions, both operational and in other ways, in order to bring about long-term peace.” Gantz added that, “we will continue our response to the violation of our sovereignty, beyond what we have done, in a time, place and manner that will serve our long-term needs, of the citizens of Israel and the State of Israel, in the south of the country.”