יירוט הרקטות באשקלון
The rocket ire from Gaza to Ashkelon
Photo: Dedi Fold
Sunday's rocket fire from Gaza toward Ashkelon

Palestinians in Gaza renew rocket fire at dawn as tensions rise

Just hours after rocket attack on Ashkelon, sirens blare in Sderot and communities near border; IDF tanks strike Hamas posts in Gaza in response to both the rockets and incendiary balloons that caused 40 fires on Sunday

Yoav Zitun, Matan Tzuri |
Published: 05.10.21, 09:57
Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks at dawn on Monday just hours after firing several projectiles on Israel's south as tensions on the border increase over Jerusalem clashes.
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  • Rocket alert sirens blared in the southern city of Sderot and communities near the Gaza border just after 6am, just hours after three rockets were fired toward Ashkelon and the surrounding areas.
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    יירוט הרקטות באשקלון
    Sunday's rocket fire from Gaza toward Ashkelon
    (Photo: Dedi Fuld)
    One of the rockets was intercepted by Iron Dome and no no injuries or property damage from the bombardment was reported.
    Schools, however, reopened as usual in the south on Monday morning.
    In response to the rocket fire and incendiary balloon attacks - which caused over 40 fires to Israeli fields on Sunday - IDF tanks struck Hamas military posts in the Gaza Strip.
    In addition, the military announced the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza has been closed until further notice, except for humanitarian and extraordinary cases.
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    Fields burning in southern Israel after an incendiary balloon attack
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    “The decision was made following the rocket fire and the continued incendiary balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, which constitute a violation of Israeli sovereignty," the IDF Spokesperson in a statement.
    "The Hamas terrorist organization bears responsibility for everything that is done against the State of Israel in and out of the Gaza Strip, and so it will bear the consequences of the violence perpetrated against the citizens of the country."
    The attacks from Gaza, according to Hamas, came as a response to the recent rising tensions between Jews and Palestinians over the eviction of Palestinian families from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and closure of the Damascus Gate in the Old City.
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