Israel Strikes Hamas Targets After Third Straight Night of Rockets From Gaza

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Rockets from Gaza intercepted over Ashkelon, Saturday.
Rockets from Gaza intercepted over Ashkelon, Saturday.Credit: Amir Cohen / Reuters

Israel carried out two airstrikes on the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday after Palestinian militants launched two rockets at Israel, marking the third night in a row during which rockets were launched from Gaza.

According to the military, it targeted four Hamas militant outposts that served as weapon storage rooms, training grounds, and entrances to underground tunnel networks during its first strike, a bit after 3:00 AM. The second strike hit an outpost in Khan Yunis at around 4:30 AM.

Both rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, with no casualties or damage reported. 

Tensions have risen over the past week after six Palestinian high-security inmates escaped from a maximum security Israeli jail on Monday; Israeli forces have since captured four of the fugitives.

Gaza militants fired a rocket into Israel on Friday after two of the prisoners were apprehended and again on Saturday, after two more were caught.

The Israeli army launched airstrikes in response, saying that it had struck targets belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that rules Gaza. There were no reports of casualties.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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