A barrage of 27 mortar shells was fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said. Most of the mortars were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, but several hits were reported in communities and open areas in southern Israel.
According to reports in Gaza, the IDF attacked eastern Gaza with artillery fire. The Eshkol Regional Council, an Israeli community near the border, said one of the shells from Gaza fell in the yard of a kindergarten. No injuries were reported.
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This was the first such incident since a new wave of mass Palestinian protests began in Gaza on March 30.
Rocket sirens were heard around 7 A.M. in several southern Israeli communities, including Eshkol, Shaar Hanegev and Sdot Negev. Residents in the vicinity reported sounds of explosions. About an hour later, a second round of rocket sirens was heard again in Eshkol.
Mortar shell from Gaza in Israel, May 29, 2018.Eliyahu Hershkowitz
IDF in southern Israel after barrage of mortar shells attack, May 29, 2018.Eliyahu Hershkowitz
Israeli army at a kindergarten in southern Israeli after morning attack, May 29, 2018.Eliyahu Hershkowitz
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The IDF noted the fact that the rockets were fired at communities as students made their way to schools. According to the IDF, the firing was carried out by Islamic Jihad and was approved by Hamas.
Earlier this week, Islamic Jihad threatened to respond to an IDF attack on Hamas positions in Gaza in which three of its fighters were killed. "The Zionist enemy can not dictate a new formula in which it will harm our people without a painful response," the Al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, threatened.
– Social media networks published video of explosions in Gaza.
Social media networks published video of explosions in Gaza.