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Israeli Rocket Sirens Sound Near Gaza Border as IDF Strikes Gaza Targets

© Flickr / Israel Defense ForcesIron Dome system intercepts Gaza rockets aimed at central Israel
Iron Dome system intercepts Gaza rockets aimed at central Israel - Sputnik International
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Israel struck what it called 25 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Tuesday night, the Israel Defense Forces announced on Twitter.

Israel blamed the attack on Hamas, which it said had allowed "violent riots" along the security fence separating Gaza from Israel, and then launched rocket attacks on Israeli communities. IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and other aircraft hit what it described as drones and munitions plants and training grounds. 

The IDF had previously announced that it was "operating in the Gaza Strip," and "explosions heard" in this area were directly related to the IDF's operations.

"The IDF is currently operating in Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity."  

Palestinian media reported before the IDF announcement that Gaza was under attack.

Rocket is launched from a new Israeli anti-missile system known as Iron Dome. (File) - Sputnik International
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According to Israeli news site Haaretz, the Israeli Air Force conducted 30 strikes, though it's unclear if this referred to the number of IAF aircraft in the operation, the number of projectiles fired, or the number of targets attacked. 

Rocket sirens have started alerting residents of potential rocket fire after the IDF announced it was undertaking a military operation. 

A Snapchat video shows people laughing and joking around near a soccer field before a rocket lands nearby. "Those guys should have been [in] a bomb shelter," said Anna Aronheim, a Jerusalem Post reporter and security consultant.

Israeli reporters have shared footage of what they say is the Iron Dome defense system shooting down incoming mortar and rocket fire. 

Sirens went off in Hof Ashkelon, Sdot Negev and Sha'ar HaNagev Regional Councils, the Israeli military's spokesperson noted.

An Israeli public broadcaster has shared footage of what he reports is a rocket evading the Iron Dome defenses and hitting Israel. Earlier in the day, the IDF reported mortars being fired from Gaza, with one hitting a kindergarten. The IDF responded then by striking 35 targets, it said. 

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