Amid Rising Tensions, Rocket Fired From Gaza Into Israel; None Injured

Israel responded with air strikes on two Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip in third such incident as many days.


The Israel Air Force attacked two Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday in response to a rocket fired on southern Israel earlier in the day, in the third incident in as many days amid rising tensions on Israel's southern front.

Rocket sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council, shortly after midnight Friday. Soon after, a rocket was located in an open field. The Israeli Defense Forces' Spokesmen reported that no-one was injured in the attack and said the air force responded at around 4 am. Palestinian media said no Palestinians were hurt.

The security cabinet convened at the IDF's military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday, and was updated by security officials on operations in Gaza as well as the latest tunnel discovery.

Israel and Hamas said on Thursday that Egypt was mediating a restoration of a 2014 truce after two days of cross-border violence.

On Thursday, a mortar shell was fired at an IDF force by the Gaza border, prompting the IAF to respond with an airstrike on a Hamas site, reportedly a lookout post east of Khan Younis was hit.

On Wednesday, five mortar shells were fired at IDF troops by the border. No–one was injured in the attack. An IDF tank fired in the direction of the fire, and the IAF attacked four Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians reported that a 53-year-old woman was killed in the attack.