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    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip after alleged Palestinian militants launched a rocket onto Israeli territory, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed Monday.

    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) On Sunday, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip and hit an open area in southern Israel, according to the IDF.

    "In response to last night's rocket attack, the IAF targeted a Hamas position in southern Gaza," the IDF posted on Twitter.

    The IDF claims that some 19 rockets have been fired from Palestinian territory into Israeli territory since the beginning of the year.

    The most recent IDF claims are concurrent with renewed incidents in the long-standing internecine violence between Palestinians and Israelis. The latest skirmishes broke out amid fears Tel Aviv was planning to revise the visitation status quo at the Temple Mount, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.

    Israel consistently accused Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political organization and the de facto authority in Gaza, of bombing Israel from occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

    Palestinians seek recognition of their independent state within territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.


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