Gaza rocket on Israel breaks 2-month lull, Israel responds: NPR


Supporters of Mohammed el-Halabi hold a Palestinian flag and signs as protesters wave Israeli flags, outside the District Court in the city of Beersheba, southern Israel, Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

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Gaza rocket on Israel breaks 2-month lull, Israel responds: NPR

Supporters of Mohammed el-Halabi hold a Palestinian flag and signs as protesters wave Israeli flags, outside the District Court in the city of Beersheba, southern Israel, Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Tsafrir Abayov/AP

JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel early Saturday, breaking a two-month lull in violence on the Gaza-Israel border, in contrast to rising tensions in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli military said air defense systems intercepted the projectile, which triggered warning sirens in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. No casualties were reported.

Hours later, Israeli aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes on four military sites for Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza. Videos on social media showed plumes of smoke and fire rising from targeted camps in the central and northern Gaza Strip and eastern Gaza City.

No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, but the Israeli army blamed Hamas.

An Israeli military raid in the West Bank early Friday, in which three Palestinian militants were killed and eight injured, could have triggered the rocket attack from Gaza.

Also on Friday, an Israeli observation balloon crashed and fell in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident but clarified that the balloon was not shot down by Palestinian militants.

The Israeli army has carried out almost daily raids in the occupied West Bank since a series of attacks earlier this year killed 19 people in Israel. Many of the arrest raids were launched in and around Jenin, the hometown of several of the attackers.


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