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Israel says it intercepted rocket fired from Gaza Strip

The Israeli military says a rocket launched from Gaza has been intercepted after sirens sounded in Israeli areas around the strip.

YE Top Photos 2019 Israel's army says a rocket from Gaza has been intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system.
February 2, 2023
2 February 2023

Sirens have sounded in southern Israel and a rocket has been intercepted from Gaza, the Israeli army says, as tensions soared between Palestinians and the country’s new ultranationalist government.

The army said in a statement that sirens sounded in the city of Sderot and in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip late on Wednesday afternoon. 

The rocket, it said, was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system.

Local residents reported hearing explosions. 

Israel’s rescue service said it received no reports of injuries except for a 50-year-old woman who slipped and fell while running to a shelter.

The action in Israel’s skies om Wednesday came after a spike in Israeli-Palestinian violence in recent days and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited with a call for calm.

An Israeli military raid on a militant stronghold in the West Bank city of Jenin last week killed 10, most of them militants. 

The next day, a Palestinian shooting attack in an east Jerusalem Jewish settlement killed seven people. 

A separate east Jerusalem shooting over the weekend by a 13-year-old Palestinian wounded two Israelis.

Following the unrest, Israel approved a series of punitive steps against Palestinians, further ratcheting up tensions just as Blinken began meetings with leaders.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s national security minister, said the rocket fire from Gaza will not stop him from implementing his punitive policies against Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. 

He called for an urgent security cabinet meeting to discuss a response.

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