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Reports: Israeli officials believe overnight Gaza clash won’t lead to escalation

Fireballs are seen following an Israeli airstrike in response to rocket fire, Gaza City on July 16, 2022. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
Fireballs are seen following an Israeli airstrike in response to rocket fire, Gaza City on July 16, 2022. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Israel’s security establishment assesses there will not be an escalation with the Gaza Strip after four rockets were fired at Israel over the weekend, and following retaliatory strikes in Gaza by the IDF, according to Hebrew media reports.

Channel 12 reports that Hamas has conveyed it is not interested in an escalation.

In response to the rockets, the Israeli military said it struck “one of the largest and most important sites in the Strip for the production of base materials for rockets.”

The unsourced Channel 12 report says the target was a significant one, and that Israel decided to hit it even at the price of escalation, as it saw the rocket attack as an opportunity to hit a key Hamas site.

It is not clear who fired the rockets. Ynet reports, without citing a source, that Israeli officials believe the culprits were rogue elements frustrated at Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and the apparent warming of relations between Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia.

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