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Gaza Ceasefire Under Pressure After New Rocket Attacks, Israeli Airstrikes

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Gaza Ceasefire Under Pressure After New Rocket Attacks, Israeli Airstrikes

An explosion during an Israeli air strike on Gaza, August 8, 2018. IMAGE: Reuters

Early on November 16, Palestinian fighters launched two rockets from the Gaza Strip at a nearby Israeli settlement, challenging the current ceasefire.

The Israeli military said that the Iron Dome anti-rocket system had successfully intercepted both rockets, which were heading towards the southern Israeli city of city of Beersheba. No one was reportedly injured or killed.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) responded to the rocket attack by launching a series of airstrikes on positions of the Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas will bear the consequences for attacks against Israeli civilians … We remain prepared for various scenarios,” the Israeli military wrote on Twitter.

According to the Shehab Agency, the airstrikes targeted four military positions of Hamas near the city of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza. The airstrikes didn’t result in any causalities.

34 Palestinians were killed and over 100 others were injured in the recent round of escalation in Gaza, which ended with a ceasefire on November 14. Since then, the fragile ceasefire has been violated several times by both sides.

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