The Israeli army intercepted another rocket launched from Gaza by Palestinians on Saturday. This is the second such attack in the last 24 hours. In the first, no one was injured, while in the second, an Israeli who ran to the shelter was injured. The situation in the region has been tense since Israel has arrested four Palestinian refugees and the ceasefire agreement has been severed.
The Israeli military reported that the Palestinians fired a rocket in the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel on Saturday night. This is the second such attack from the enclave in less than 24 hours, with increasing fears of a resumption of the conflict. Both rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
In the second attack, a 29-year-old man suffered minor head injuries after falling while running to a bomb shelter. The video was captured by a security camera in southern Israel, showing the moment of take-off just after 9 p.m. The attack triggered alarm sirens in the city of Sederot and nearby towns in the southern part of the country.
Clashes on the West Bank
Meanwhile, on Saturday night in the West Bank, several hundred Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in several places. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported treating eight people suffering from rubber bullet injuries and a further 15 cases of tear gas inhalation during clashes at the Hawara checkpoint south of Nablus. The attack on Saturday night came shortly after Israel had captured two more prisoners of Islamic Jihad who had escaped from Gilboa’s maximum security prison on Monday after arresting two others the day before. The two missiles were launched a day after Qatar’s envoy in Gaza said attempts to send his country’s aid to the Gaza Strip, including for Hamas government employees, had failed after the Palestinian Authority’s withdrawal from the deal.
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