One person was reported dead and several were wounded along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip Sunday evening as the the Israeli Air Force (IAF) launched a targeted attack against a rocket launching cell in the Gaza Strip apparently belonging to Hamas' military branch.
Muhammad Zaid Abid was confirmed as the terrorist killed by the IAF and at the same time, the IDF spokesperson confirmed over Twitter that terrorists in Gaza opened fire on soldiers patrolling the border fence. Israeli forces returned fire at suspected enemy positions.
Palestinian media addressed the same fire from soldiers, reporting that the IDF had attacked a Terrorist cell just East of Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza strip.
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The military clashes marked Israel's retaliation to two rockets that were fired from Gaza into Israel Sunday evening, both of which were shot down over Netivot by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system. Two mortar shells also fell in Israeli territory causing no damage.
Sirens blared across southern Israel in Netivot, Ashkelon, Sderot, and several towns in the area of Sha'ar HaNegev. An explosion was also heard in the area.
Sunday's attacks marked more than two weeks of increasing rocket fire from Gaza since the beginning of Operation Brother's Keeper in the West Bank.
One rocket struck Sderot on Saturday, setting a fire in a factory that burned to the ground.
Meanwhile, Armored Corps brigades were instructed to prepare for the possibility of being transferred to the Gaza Division as security officials considered all options in response to rocket fire.
Israel has been responding agressively to all rocket attacks, including an assassination in Gaza on Friday which killed two senior members of the Popular Resistance Committees, responsible for recent rocket attacks.
More than 200 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of 2014.