Four rockets fired from Gaza at Ashkelon, land in open areas

Hamas military wing claims responsibility; IAF bombs Gaza Strip for third time in 24 hours

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Four rockets were fired from Gaza towards the Ashkelon area early Tuesday morning, but landed in open areas and did not result in any damage or casualties.

The rocket strikes were the latest salvo in a period which has seen multiple cross-border incidents involving Gazan terrorists and the IDF.

Responsibility for the Tuesday rocket fire was claimed by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigades, Hamas’s military wing, which said it was aiming at an IDF base at Zikim, close to Ashkelon. It said it fired in response to the death of on its members, who was killed in an Israeli strike on Monday — itself a response to previous rocket fire from Gaza.

Earlier, in the small hours of Tuesday morning, IAF planes struck a terrorist cell planting explosives near the border fence in the central Gaza Strip. A Palestinian health official says two Gaza men were killed as a result.

That airstrike came hours after Israeli planes attacked a terrorist cell in the northern Gaza Strip as its members were in the midst of trying to fire rockets at the western Negev on Monday evening.

Palestinian sources said the strike was carried out in Beit Hanoun and two Palestinians were killed as well as several wounded.

One of the casualties in the later strike was the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigades member, Ynet reported.

An earlier IDF sortie Monday also targeted terror targets in Beit Hanoun, the IDF said, killing two members of Islamic Jihad.

Also Monday, a rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open area near the city of Sderot. No injuries were reported.

On Monday morning, Said Fashapshe, 36 and a father-of-four, a resident of Haifa who had been employed by the Defense Ministry for years and working on the Israel-Egypt border fence for the past 18 months, was killed in a terrorist attack there. Terrorists fired on a convoy of construction workers.

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