Israel strikes eight Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket fired
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Israel strikes eight Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket fired

Following projectile that was aimed at southern Israeli community, the IDF responds with a series of retaliatory strikes

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system

A rocket fired from Gaza landed in an unpopulated area of southern Gaza, spurring retaliatory airstrikes from Israel on eight Hamas targets across the coastal strip.

The launch on Wednesday night triggered the Iron Dome missile defence system and the Code Red warning sirens in the southern Israeli regional councils of Merhavim and Eshkol near the Gaza border.

The Iron Dome interceptor rocket was called off, however, after air defence units determined it would not hit a populated area. The Israel Defence Forces said the fallout from the interceptor hitting a rocket over a populated area could cause more damage than allowing the rocket to fall in an open field.

In the retaliatory strike, Israeli fighter jets hit a munitions factory among the targets, according to the IDF spokesman. Other targets included a training base and a weapons storage site.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli Air Force had fired on a Hamas post in Gaza from which incendiary balloons had been launched. Nine fires were sparked on Wednesday in Israeli communities near the Gaza border due to incendiary balloons sent from Gaza.

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