There were no Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel in January.
- no Israeli response
In February, Palestinians fired one rocket into Israel.
Palestinians fired an M-75 medium-range rocket at the Israeli city of Ashkelon. The militant wing of Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility, calling the attack a response to the death of Palestinian man Arafat Jaradat while in Israeli custody. The attack, which took place during an escalation of Palestinian violence against Israelis in the Fatah-controlled West Bank, was said to be the first of its kind since a 21 November 2012 truce and to have probably enjoyed the blessing of Hamas. Hamas denied that any rocket had been fired from the Gaza Strip.
- Israeli response:
In the past six days, the Kerem Shalom crossing has been closed for the entrance of goods to the Gaza Strip as a response to the rocket that fell on Ashkelon last week and the shots fired on the car of the Gaza Division’s Northern Brigade from the Strip on Friday.
Around 7:15 am, on the second day of a visit by US President Barack Obama in Israel, Palestinians in Beit Hanounfired four rockets at the Israeli city of Sderot, triggering alarms in local communities and forcing residents on their way to work or school to run to bomb helters. One rocket hit the backyard of a home in the city, spraying shrapnel into the walls and shattering windows. A second projectile landed in an open area within the surrounding Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. The two remaining rockets were believed to have landed within the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.
The Mujahedeen Shura Council, a small Palestinian Salafi group, claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it was meant to show that Israeli air defenses could not stop attacks on the Jewish state. “Responding to the bragging of the Roman dog and the war criminals of their so-called Iron Dome, we assert that all their military techniques will not stop God’s destiny of tormenting them”, the group posted on an Islamist website.
On 2 April, police found what were apparently the remains of a third rocket in a kindergarten in Sderot. The rocket had not been located previously because the kindergarten had been closed for the Passover holiday.
- no Israeli response
Palestinians attempted to fire two mortar hells into Israel; both landed within the Gaza Strip. Later, in the evening, a third projectile was fired into the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.
The Mujahedeen Shura Council claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were a response to the death of Palestinian man Maysara Abuhamdia in an Israeli prison that day. Abuhamdia’s death, from cancer, also sparked violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Israel responded to the attacks with air strikes on two targets in the Gaza Strip that night, causing no injuries.This was the first such strike since Operation Pillar of Defense. Israeli Defense Minister Mohe Yaalon said: “[We] see Hamas as being responsible for everything that is fired from the Strip at Israel. We won’t allow any routine involving a drizzle of rockets at our civilians and forces.”
- Israeli response
Around 7:30 am, Palestinians fired two rockets at the Israeli city of Sderot. The rockets struck just as parents were dropping their children off at schools and kindergartens, triggering sirens and sending families fleeing for cover. No injuries or damage were reported.
Cause and effect. If you don’t want #GazaUnderAttack, don’t fire rockets into Israel.