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Israel carried out another airstrike in Gaza.

Image Credit:Reuters/Amir Cohen

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in Gaza for the third time on the night between Thursday and Friday. This was in response to a rocket barrage early Friday morning. A total of 12 rockets were fired in Southern Israel since Thursday night, which marks a serious escalation in the fighting.

Over the past few weeks balloons filled with incendiaries were launched from Gaza, which caused dozens of fire leading to environmental and property damage.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces, 6 of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. Israel fighter jets targeted ‘underground infrastructure belonging to the Hamas group’. In the previous airstrikes, Israel fighter jets targeted cement factories believed to be providing materials for tunnels and also where rockets are produced.

IDF said ‘We hold Hamas responsible for all terror activity emanating from Gaza.’

In the Southern Israeli town of Sderot, a home sustained heavy damage after it was apparently hit by shrapnel from an intercepted rocket. The owner of the house said, ‘We didn’t hear the siren and suddenly there was a loud blast.’ There were no injuries or casualties. Hamas reported one injury.

Last Tuesday, Gaza’s sole power station ran out of fuel since Israel blocked the transfer of fuel to the station via the Kerem Shalom crossing in response to balloon and rocket attacks. On the same day, President of Israel warned that arson attacks will be dealt with in the same way it does for rocket attacks.

Mr. Netanyahu also said to Gaza leaders ‘I regret that we are also preparing, to the extent necessary, for the possibility of a round or rounds of fighting. I hope we will not get there.’

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