Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket hits building

The Israeli army hit targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday overnight, hours after a rocket fired from Gaza hit a building in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

The military said in a statement that “several terror targets” were hit, including a military compund used by Hamas’ naval force. Earlier reports in Palestinian media indicated the strikes occurred along the Gaza City beach and in the southern city of Khan Yunis. No casualties were reported.

In light of the rising tensions, UN Special Envoy Nickolay Mladenov arrived in Gaza through the Erez crossing Friday morning, according to reports from the southern Strip.

Thursday’s rocket fire comes less than 24 hours after a fire exchange between Israel and Gaza that began when a rocket was fired at Israel from the coastal enclave on Wednesday night.

The rocket that was launched Thursday hit a building that was part of a religious school, but no injuries were reported.

Earlier, rocket sirens blared both in Sderot and in the Gaza-border community of Sha’ar HeNegev.