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Israeli Army Says It Carried Out Strikes on Gaza Strip in Response to Rocket Fire

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Earlier, air raid sirens sounded in southern Israel, including the city of Ashkelon. Later, the IDF said it had intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out strikes on the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian exclave.

"Some time ago, in response to rocket fire, Israeli army fighter jets and aircraft struck a number of Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. The strike targeted a weapons manufacturing facility inside a Hamas military post and three additional Hamas-owned military posts in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a statement.

According to Palestinian media, Israeli planes stroke facilities of the Hamas Islamist movement in the central part of the Gaza Strip.

The IDF added that Israel blames Hamas for the threats emanating from the Gaza Strip.

The security situation in Israel has deteriorated in recent weeks.

In May, a fresh round of clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians protesting the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank left 88 people hurt.

Palestinians have been staging weekly demonstrations as Israel continues to authorize the construction of more settler homes, labelled as illegal under international laws. More than 4,000 housing units were approved.

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