IDF strikes Rafah rocket launcher used to target Israeli towns earlier today

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The IDF says it has carried out a drone strike against a rocket launcher in southern Gaza’s Rafah that was used in an attack on Israeli border communities earlier today.

Twelve rockets were launched in the attack, with the Iron Dome system downing 5 of them. The other rockets hit open areas, causing no damage or injuries, according to the military.

The launcher in Rafah was hit within an hour of the attack, the IDF says.

In another attack earlier today, the IDF says six rockets were fired from the Rafah area toward the shuttered Kerem Shalom Crossing. No injuries were caused.

“The projectiles that were fired toward the area of the Kerem Shalom Crossing are preventing the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue to operate to enable the necessary security conditions to reopen the Kerem Shalom Crossing,” the military says in a statement.

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