Gaza terrorists fire more rockets toward Israel, triggering sirens in southern towns 

Source: Gaza terrorists fire more rockets toward Israel, triggering sirens in southern towns | The Times of Israel

Military says 7 projectiles, 2 of which were shot toward the sea, exploded in the air; launches follow rocket attacks the previous night and clashes at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Illustrative: Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, November 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a number of rockets at Israeli early Thursday morning, after projectiles were launched from the coastal enclave the previous evening and Palestinians clashed with police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Israel Defense Forces said seven surface-to-air rockets were launched, with all of them exploding in the sky. It added that two of the rockets were fired in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea and the rest toward Israel.

The launches set off alert systems were activated in the communities of Ranen, Patish, Dorot and Havat Shikmim, with residents instructed to take cover in bomb shelters.

On Wednesday night, two rockets were fired from Gaza, one of which failed to clear the border while the other landed in an open area.

Shortly after, renewed fighting erupted at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and riots broke out along the Gaza border and several Arab Israeli communities.

The violence followed skirmishes Tuesday between police and worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, subsequent rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli counterstrikes in the Strip on Wednesday morning.

The IDF has yet to respond to the projectiles launched Wednesday night.

The unrest came amid concerns of a potential escalation during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which frequently sees a spike in Israeli-Palestinian tensions, and coincides this year with Passover and Easter. Passover began on Wednesday evening. The first two weeks of Ramadan had passed by relatively smoothly.

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