Late on August 16, unknown Palestinian gunmen launched at least one rocket from the Gaza Strip at Israel territory.
The Israeli military said on Twitter that the rocket was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome system. A video on social media confirmed the army’s statement.
There was no immediate claim for the rocket attack, which took place a few hours only after the end of large protests along the separation line around Gaza. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that 63 civilians were injured during the protests, 32 of them were hit with live bullets.
In response to the attack, Israeli warplanes carried out several airstrikes on military positions of the Hamas Movement east of Deir al Balah in central Gaza.
“We just responded with strikes on Hamas’ underground infrastructure in Gaza,” the Israeli military said.
Palestinian Shehab Agency released a short video showing some of the heavy Israeli airstrikes. No one was reportedly injured or killed.
— وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) August 16, 2019
Despite the high-tension, the situation will not likely escalate any further. Both sides appear to be more interested in de-escalation, especially that the exchange of fire didn’t result in any casualties.