The Israeli military announced that the Iron Dome air defense system intercepted a missile fired from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, in an incoming bombardment in a time of rising tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Army said in a statement that “a missile was launched from the Gaza Strip. The missile was intercepted” by the Iron Dome system.
No Palestinian faction immediately claimed responsibility for the missile launch.
The launch of this missile comes a day after the end of a tour by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken of the region, which included Egypt, Israel and the occupied West Bank.
During his tour, Blinken urged both Israeli and Palestinian sides to de-escalate.
On Wednesday, the Israeli military reported that sirens sounded in the city of Sderot in southern Israel and in thearea adjacent to the Palestinian Strip.
Israel responded to rockets fired from Gaza on Friday by launching airstrikes on sites belonging to the Hamas movement, which controls the Strip.
This shelling exchange came after ten Palestinians were killed during an Israeli army military operation in Jenin refugee camp.
The day after this operation, a Palestinian youth killed seven people, including a child, near a Jewish synagogue in East Jerusalem.
At the end of his tour, Blinken said on Tuesday, “It’s important that we take steps to de-escalate, stop the violence and reduce tensions.”
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