Gaza Rockets Fired for Third Day in a Row, Israel Strikes Hamas Targets

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A video circulated on social media showing a rocket intercepted over southern Israel, today.
A video circulated on social media showing a rocket intercepted over southern Israel, today.

Three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Monday morning, the Israeli army said.

During the night, Israeli tanks shelled several Hamas outposts in Gaza after rockets were fired from the enclave and several brush fires were started by incendiary balloons on Sunday. Israel also announced that it was shutting the Erez border crossing. 

On Sunday evening, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement on Sunday after sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the area immediately surrounding the Gaza border.

One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, and the other landed in an open area, the statement added. No casualties were reported. Later, the military said two more rockets had been fired but fell short and landed within the Gaza Strip. 

A few hours earlier, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement on Sunday after sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the area immediately surrounding the Gaza border.

One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, and the other landed in an open area, the statement added. Residents reported hearing blasts.

No casualties were reported. Later, the military said two more rockets had been fired but fell short and landed within the Gaza Strip. 

Also on Sunday, firefighters worked to put out 97 fires in Israeli fields, of which 39 were sparked by arson balloons from Gaza.

Israel's Nature and Parks Authority said the fires were detected in fields from Ashdod to Eilat in the south. Trains from Ashkelon to Netivot near the Gaza border were initially shut, but resumed later on Sunday.

In the early hours of Sunday, one rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, landing in an open area. 

The Israel Defense Forces responded by attacking a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories announced earlier on Sunday it is closing off Gaza's fishing zone amid the recent escalation.

COGAT said in a statement that the decision would immediately go into effect and remain in place until further notice. It added that Israel views Hamas as solely responsible for the rocket fire and arson explosive-laden balloons.  

As clashes have escalated in Jerusalem, Gaza-based groups have ramped up tensions on the border with Israel. 

The Israeli military said some 450 Gazans protested near the border fence in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem on Saturday night. Protesters are "burning tires and throwing explosives. IDF soldiers are spread out at sites along the border and are using riot dispersal methods," the statement said.

Over the past week, dozens of Palestinians have gathered every evening in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah to protest the slated eviction of Palestinian families and the presence of Jews who moved into buildings in the neighborhood. Tensions have also risen in the Old City during Ramadan, centering on Damascus Gate.

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