Palestinian Rockets Explode, Israeli Air Force Responds

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Though it rarely makes headlines anymore, Israel continues to be pummeled with Palestinian rocket fire on an average of one a day.

By midday Monday, rockets targeted the Ashkelon coastal region. There were no immediate reports of injury or property damage.

On Tuesday, a rocket exploded on the outskirts of Sderot, the southern Israeli town that has been a primary target of Islamic terror cells in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier the same day, a Kassam exploded in the backyard of a residence south of the coastal city of Ashkelon, about 10 feet from the house. Two people were treated for shock.

Tuesday evening, the Israel Air Force struck the terror infrastructure.

"A short while ago, IAF aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip. A direct hit was confirmed," the IDF Spokesman's Office statement read. "The site was targeted in response to the rocket fire at southern Israel."

"Since the beginning of 2012 more than 505 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel, including over 45 during October alone," it continued.

Monday and Tuesday's attacks followed a weekend escalation of rocket fire. Five terrorists were killed in retaliatory air strikes.

On Friday evening, a rocket exploded in a family's yard in Netivot, damaging two buildings and sending one person into shock.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip," the IDF Spokesman's Office statement concluded.

Meanwhile, a terror group headquartered in the Sinai posted a statement on Islamist websites Tuesday night, The Jerusalem Post (ITALICS) reported.

"We, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes group, tell the Jews that the blood of our brothers in Palestine is ours and their revenge is ours…so wait for our painful reply," it said.

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