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Rocket Fired From Gaza Into Israel, IDF Responds With Airstrikes

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Rocket Fired From Gaza Into Israel, IDF Responds With Airstrikes

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On October 20th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) allegedly discovered an “terror tunnel” dug from Gaza into Israel.

Just two hours later, a rocket was fired towards Israeli territory from Gaza. No group in Gaza claimed responsibility for firing the rocket, which set off warning sirens in the border area.

In response to that one rocket that was fired and subsequently intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, IDF struck Hamas infrastructure in Gaza.

“IDF fighter jets and attack helicopters attacked underground infrastructure of the Hamas terror group in the southern Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. “The attack was in response to the firing of a rocket launched from the territory of the Gaza Strip to Israeli territory earlier this evening.”

The Hamas-linked website al-Resalah said the strikes targeted Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah in central Gaza. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Video from a security camera shared on social media appeared to show an Iron Dome missile being launched to intercept the rocket.

According to the IDF, military engineers located the concrete-lined tunnel from Gaza after an “indication” from the barrier system whose installation is being completed on the border.

“The route [of the tunnel] was located as part of the ongoing efforts to find and neutralize tunnels and thanks to the technological and [intelligence] collection capabilities of the barrier,” the IDF said in a statement.

The military said the tunnel did not penetrate Israel’s new underground barrier and did not pose a threat to communities in the area.

The Israeli army said it viewed Hamas as being responsible for building the tunnel and that forces will act in the next few days to demolish it. “I don’t know what the response will be. We will neutralize the tunnel and examine the developments later,” said Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Hidai Zilberman.

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