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Israeli army strikes Gaza Strip after rocket attack

Israel announced that its border crossings into Gaza will be shut down in response to the latest incident

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The Israeli military says it carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip in response to the latest rocket attack toward southern Israel, according to the Associated Press.

There were reported casualties in Sunday morning's strike which comes on the heels of the third rocket attack from Gaza in the past two weeks.

Israel’s prime minister has slammed the international community for its silence over recent rocket attacks from Gaza - while warning that a strong reprisal is forthcoming.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he hasn’t heard a word of condemnation from the world about three rocket attacks from Gaza over the past two weeks. Netanyahu says it will be “interesting to see if this silence continues when we use all our strength in exercising our right to defend ourselves

The “hypocrisy” sweeping the world will not limit Israel’s reaction, he added.
Israel announced that its border crossings into Gaza will be shut down in response to the latest incident.

A Salafist group that supports the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took responsibility for Saturday’s rocket attack. The group is mired in a struggle with Gaza's Hamas rulers.

No one was harmed in the rocket attacks or in the Israeli airstrike reprisals. Israel considers Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for any attacks, even though the recent attacks were claimed by a rival jihadi organization that supports the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

Rocket fire has mostly subsided since last summer's war between Hamas and Israel.