On Friday, February 2, 2018, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at the Sha’ar Ha’Negev Regional Council in southern Israel. On Friday evening, Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest,and the Israeli weekend begin. This is a time when many Israelis enjoy family dinner and time with their loved ones. All of this was interrupted by Hamas when its operatives shot a rocket at Israeli civilians and blatantly violated Israeli sovereignty.

Later, in response to the rocket, the IDF targeted a Hamas compound consisting of two military structures. During this mission, sirens sounded in southern Israel but no rocket fire was identified.

The IDF holds Hamas accountable for all violence emanating from the Gaza Strip.