by: Elior Levy and Yoav Zitun
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Israeli planes struck in Gaza early on Wednesday, hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that pressured Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel.
The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound and tunnels belonging to the terror group Hamas, which rules Gaza.
Later siren alerts were heard in the South indicating another attempt at launching rockets towards Israel.
Following the rocket attacks, PM Netanyahu held security briefings with military commanders at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv.
Earlier the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced that two rockets fired from Gaza towards the southern cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
Rocket fire at the cities further away from the strip is unusual because the Gaza factions have been trying to avoid provoking Israel into broader action against the terror groups.
There is, however, concern that the rockets available to the terror groups are more accurate, as the Iron Dome prevented direct hits to the city center in Ashdod.
Posted on September 11, 2019
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