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    Israeli Military Says Used Missile Defences After Rocket Launch From Gaza

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    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – The Israeli military registered a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on the southern areas of Israel and activated its missile defences after it, the press service of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has said.

    "Warning sirens went off in the Eshkol Regional Council after a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip on the Israeli territory was registered. The missile defence system was used after the launch," the military said in a statement.

    The IDF noted that the shelling had not resulted in any material damage or casualties.

    Later, the Israel Defence Forces said that the Israeli aviation struck several targets of Palestinian movement Hamas in response to the launches of balloons carrying explosive devices and a rocket from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

    "In response to the balloons carrying explosive devices and a rocket launched from #Gaza to #Israel, IDF fighter jets and aircraft struck several military targets in a Hamas compound in Gaza," the IDF wrote on Twitter.

    READ MORE: Israeli Military Responds to Rocket Fired Into Southern Israel From Gaza

    The Israeli authorities have been blaming the Palestinian group Hamas for the Gaza residents’ aggressive actions toward Israel. The military has been responding to previous rocket and arson balloon launches from Gaza by air raids and attacks on Hamas’ targets.

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