IDF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rockets fired

Israel hits weapons facilities, training camp in wake of direct hit on Ashkelon; rocket fire came after Palestinian Authority announced it had renewed security and civil cooperation with Israel, suspended six months ago
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The IDF struck Hamas targets in Gaza overnight on Saturday, after Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket toward Israel, setting off air raid sirens in the southern city of Ashkelon, the military announced.
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  • Israel Police said the rocket caused damage to a structure in the Ashkelon area, roughly 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Gaza, but there were no injuries. No other details were provided.
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    נפילת הרקטה באזור התעשייה באשקלון
    נפילת הרקטה באזור התעשייה באשקלון
    A building in the Ashkelon industrial park that was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Saturday
    In an announcement, the IDF said its aircraft struck two weapon production facilities and an underground training camp for maritime forces.
    " Israel holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for all aggressions carried out from its territory," the statement said.
    For the second time this week, the Iron Dome missile defense system did not intercept rockets fired from Gaza at the Ashkelon Industrial Park. The military said they would be investigating both incidents.
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    ברק סופת ברקים בשמי עזה 15 בנובמבר
    Lightning storm over Gaza earlier this week, which Hamas officials blamed for rockets being launched at Israel
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    After the rocket fire earlier in the week, Hamas blamed the rain and thunderstorm for accidently setting off the rockets fired at Israel. This narrative worked in favor of the Hamas terror group that was hoping to avoid an escalation in cross border violence.
    Saturday's rocket fire came after the Palestinian Authority announced it has renewed security and civil cooperation with Israel, that was suspended six months ago because of Jerusalem's intent to annex parts of the West Bank.
    The annexation was indefinitely stalled as part of the peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain that was signed in Washington in September.
    Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction have been holding talks in efforts to bring about a reconciliation between the factions.
    The Gaza rulers said they would convene an emergency meeting of their leadership to discuss the PA's policy change.
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    תקיפות צה"ל ברצועת עזה
    IDF aircraft striking Hamas targets earlier this month after rockets were fired at Israel
    The IDF spokesperson said there was an investigation being carried out into the unauthorized tank fire on a Hamas position along the border on Saturday, as reported by the Palestinians. IDF forces fired at the abandoned position.
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