The Israeli Air Force bombarded, Thursday, four areas in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; no injuries were reported. The Attack came after a Grad missile was fired into an area close to Ashdod. One of the targeted areas is believed to be a training center for the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Another targeted area is an uninhibited area west of Khan Younis, local sources reported.

The Israeli army said that the strikes came in retaliation to Grad missiles that were fired from the Gaza Strip and landed in the vicinity of Ashdod. A number of Israelis were treated for shock.

The army added that the missiles were fired from the northern part the Gaza strip, near the former Dugit settlement.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that Hamas obtained Russian rockets that were stolen from a warehouse that belonged to the former Libyan leadership, and were allegedly smuggled to Gaza with the help of Iran.