IDF strikes in Gaza after factions launch rockets into Israel

Some 16-18 rockets were fired into southern Israel, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system or landed in open fields; rocket fire follows a night of clashes in Jerusalem when police enter al Aqsa mosque

Matan Tzuri, Yoav Zitun|Updated:

Iron Dome interceptions over Sderot after rocket fire from Gaza
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The IDF struck Gaza on Wednesday after twelve rockets were launched at communities in the south following Jerusalem police clashes with Palestinians on Temple mount
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Sirens blared overnight in Gaza border communities as between 16-18 the rockets were fired into Israeli territory, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system or landed in open fields.
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תקיפת צה"ל ברצועת עזה, הבוקר
תקיפת צה"ל ברצועת עזה, הבוקר
IDF strikes Gaza on Wednesday, after rocket attack
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The rocket attack came soon after Jerusalem police entered the Temple Mount mosque compound to arrest "masked agitators," who locked themselves inside the al Aqsa mosque. The police action was harshly condemned by both Jordan and Egypt.
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כיפת ברזל הופעלה. תיעוד היירוטים
כיפת ברזל הופעלה. תיעוד היירוטים
Rocket fire from Gaza
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מתפללים במסגד, הבוקר
מתפללים במסגד, הבוקר
Worshippers at the al Aqsa Mosque
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Clashes were also reported in several locations in the West Bank and at least one Israeli was injured.
The Hamas terror group called on Palestinians to protect the Muslim holy site.
Military sources said the rockets were launched by the Islamic Jihad faction in response to reported intentions of Jewish extremists to enter the Temple Mount to hold an ancient religious Passover ceremony that includes sacrificing a lamb. This led to the violent clashes at al Aqsa.
Security officials were convening to discuss ways to diffuse the tension ahead of the Jewish holiday as forces were on high alert for further violence.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian man from Hebron stabbed two soldiers in central Israel wounding one of them seriously before he was overpowered by civilians on the scene.
First published: 06:30, 04.05.23
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