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Hamas Fires First Rockets At Israel Since May War

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 16, 2021

Topline

Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system has intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s military said Monday, marking the first such attack from Gaza’s militant Hamas leaders since deadly fighting erupted in May.

Key Facts

The rocket was fired into Israel at midday, setting off sirens in the southern town of Sderot, according to The Jerusalem Post. 

A second rocket appears to have been fired as well, though it fell within the Gaza Strip; no injuries or casualties were reported. 

While there has been no immediate claim of responsibility, local media said the attack may have been a response to a deadly raid carried out by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day. 

Four Palestinians were killed and a fifth was seriously wounded amid clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Key Background

While militants in Gaza have sent over incendiary balloons, these are the first rockets fired at Israel from Hamas since the two agreed to end an 11-day bout of conflict in May. That fighting, the result of long-standing tensions and new property disputes, was some of the deadliest in years, leaving more than 200 Gazans and 12 Israelis dead.

Further Reading

“Israel Strikes Gaza As Tensions Threaten To Unravel Fragile Ceasefire” (Forbes)

“Palestinians warns: Israel, Hamas headed toward another war” (The Jerusalem Post)

“Israel appears to have committed war crimes in May conflict with Hamas, Human Rights Watch says” (The Washington Post)

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