Gaza Escalation: Three Rockets Hit Israel, Army Strikes Hamas

Airstrikes target Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip ■ No casualties reported

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A rocket being intercepted by Israel's missile defense system over the southern city of Ashkelon, November 13, 2019
A rocket being intercepted by Israel's missile defense system over the southern city of Ashkelon, November 13, 2019Credit: Emil Salman

Three projectiles were fired Wednesday overnight from Gaza into Israeli territory, the Israeli army said.

Rocket alert sirens rang out shortly after midnight in southern Israeli towns east of the Gaza Strip. There were no casualties reported.

Israeli air force struck Hamas positions near Khan Younis in the south of the Strip, Hamas-affiliated media channels in Gaza reported around an hour later.

The IDF issued a statement confirming the strikes. "IDF fighter jets struck targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip [including] a site used to manufacture weapons," the statement said.

It stopped short of blaming Hamas directly for the original attack, but said it holds Hamas "responsible for what is happening in and coming out of the Gaza Strip."

This comes amid an ongoing escalation between Israel and Gaza-based militant groups following the release of the Trump peace plan last Tuesday.

At least 13 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory on seven different occasions.

Israeli defense officials believe this is an attempt by Hamas to pressure Israel to make good on its promises on recents agreements between the two parties before the next round of elections, Haaretz reported on Monday.

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