Israeli Army Strikes Gaza in Response to Rocket Fired From the Strip

The army said that four rockets were fired toward Israel but only one reached Israeli territory

A picture taken from Khan Yunis shows an Israeli tank inspecting the area across the fence in the southern Gaza Strip, August 1, 2019.
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Israel attacked a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket that was fired toward Israel Tuesday, the Israeli army said.

According to the Shehab News Agency, several minutes after the rocket was identified, Israel struck a field control point in central Gaza.

The army said that four rockets were fired toward Israel but only one reached Israeli territory. The other three appear to have exploded within the Strip. The three rockets that did not make it to Israel fell in the northern Gaza Strip.

This is the fifth incident of rocket fire being aimed at Israel in the past two weeks.

Three rockets were launched toward Israel from the costal enclave on Sunday evening; two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israeli military said.

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The third rocket landed in an open area near Highway 34 in the south, sparking a fire. Emergency services arrived at the scene to extinguish the flames, the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council said, adding that no injuries or damage were caused.

In response, Israeli aircraft struck overnight Sunday several terror targets belonging to Hamas east of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said.

On Monday, the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories, IDF Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also serving as security minister, has decided to cut oil imports intended for Gaza's power station by a half in response to the rocket fire. The reduced imports will continue until further notice, and will have a significant impact on electricity in the Gaza Strip.

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