Six houses in the Negev town of Sderot, located less than one mile from the Gaza border, were struck by machine gun fire on Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement by the Sderot Municipality. One bullet shattered a window and others were lodged in walls. One of the houses belonged to former mayor of Sderot Eli Moyal.
No injuries were sustained from the shooting and security forces were en route to the location for further investigation, according to the statement.
The IDF said in a statement that the shooting was carried out by terrorists and it considers Hamas responsible for everything inside, and what comes out of, the Gaza Strip.
Earlier Wednesday, shots were fired at Israeli soldiers from Gaza. In response, an Israeli tank struck a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. No casualties were reported from the exchange.
Tensions with Gaza remain high after Monday’s violence on the border, which took place as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, was the bloodiest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict. Over 60 Palestinians were reported killed as they clashed with Israeli armed forces.