File photo: Israeli rocket on Gaza during last year's attack, July 7, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/JACK GUEZ)

IOF strike Gaza in response to IS-affiliated rocket fire

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday dawn stroke four sites in Gaza, after an Iron Dome intercepted a rocket over the Israeli-occupied city of Ashdod.

IOF claimed that at least two of the sites that were hit in Gaza belonged to Hamas Islamic Resistance movement.

Hours earlier, air raid sirens rang out in Ashdod and the surrounding area and a rocket was intercepted over the city, about 40 kilometers from the Strip.  There have been no reports of damage from the rocket or the interception.

No injuries were reported on both sides.

IOF claimed that Hamas is accountable for the rocket, yet, an IS-affiliated Salafist group claimed responsibility for the earlier rocket on social media, charging that it was a response to the fatal shooting of a Palestinian college girl at a checkpoint in the West Bank last week. Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18, was shot last Tuesday at a checkpoint in the city of Hebron. The military shot her under fake claims that she was attempting to stab a soldier.

Earlier, IOF said they believed the fire was part of an internal crackdown by Hamas on rival Salafist groups, the Walla news site reported, the Times of Israel said.