The IDF is looking into the circumstances surrounding the rocket attack on the army headquarters in Jerusalem that killed two soldiers and injured two others on Tuesday, a senior military source said.
“We are investigating whether there were any incidents in the vicinity of the base,” the source said, adding that the army is currently gathering information on the incident.
A senior official of the army’s operations command, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Army Radio on Wednesday that the incident was a direct result of a “terror attack” and that the IDF is not looking into it as a military incident.
The incident, which took place in the southern city of Jabel Mukaber, is the third attack against the IDF in the past two days.
On Sunday, an Israeli airstrike hit an ISIS-linked group in the West Bank, killing three militants.
On Wednesday, the IDF launched a major military operation against ISIS in the Gaza Strip, targeting the militant group’s military wing in the coastal enclave and other militant groups in the northern Gaza Strip.
On Sunday, Israeli forces killed five Hamas militants in a raid on a militant camp near the border with Gaza, the army said.
In the past three days, the Israeli military has killed nearly 100 Palestinians, including dozens of children.
In recent days, dozens of rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israeli communities in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
The attacks have targeted military facilities, security installations and vehicles belonging to the Israeli security forces.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, a rocket landed in the Shaare Zedek neighborhood in East Jerusalem, injuring a passerby and causing minor damage.
The army later reported that it had killed five militants in the attack.
A military spokeswoman said on Wednesday morning that the dead included a Hamas operative and an unidentified militant.
The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and was destroyed in a “precision strike,” the military said.
The Iron Dome intercepts and destroys about 1,000 projectiles launched by Hamas and other terrorist groups.
The military says its Iron Dome system intercepted an average of 5,000 rockets a day, including rockets fired from Gaza, but the exact number is difficult to confirm.
In 2016, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip, launched more than 6,000 rocket attacks in 2017.
In 2015, the OCHA reported that Hamas launched more of its rockets at Israel than any other group, hitting a total of 3,200 targets in Israel and the West of the country.