The Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducted airstrikes against targets in Gaza on Sunday night after another rocket was fired at Israel’s south from the Palestinian side of the border, the military said. 

On Sunday night, incoming rocket sirens sent thousands of Israelis once again rushing to bomb shelters in the southern town of Sderot and the surrounding area. IDF radar stations identified the rocket launch from Gaza. However, the projectile reportedly hit an open field and there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The IDF said that they used fighter planes and other aircraft to target a number of facilities used by Hamas, including “a training camp area and other military infrastructure.” According to Palestinian reports, the IAF targeted sites including one along the beach near Khan Younis in southern Gaza and a Hamas base in Deir el Balah in central Gaza.

Balloons with bombs attached found in Israel (Twitter). 

Most believe that the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and the West Bank was the result of the release last week of President Trump’s U.S. peace plan that is seen in Gaza as heavily favoring Israel. Palestinian leaders rejected the plan, even before it was released. 

Most Israeli defense officials believe that the Hamas terror group is trying to leverage pressure on Israel in a bid to extract greater concessions in the ongoing ceasefire negotiations. An Egyptian security delegation arrived early on Monday morning in Gaza to meet with Hamas leaders and other Palestinians in an attempt to diffuse the situation before it inflames further.  

If the Hamas leaders are trying to exert pressure on Israel through the threat of violence, the Israeli leaders were firing right back. Earlier on Sunday, many Israeli politicians threatened massive retaliation and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will deal a “crushing blow” if attacks and aggression from Gaza continue.