Palestinians fire retaliatory rockets into Israel

rocketPalestinians have fired over a dozen rockets from the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel in retaliation for the Tel Aviv regime’s deadly airstrikes on the blockaded enclave.

Two rockets were reportedly intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome missile system. The rest, however, passed through the US-sponsored system, with one of them hitting the central part of Israel’s southern city of Sderot, causing material damage and power cuts on Thursday.

The development came hours after Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes on 15 areas of the northern part of Gaza, leaving at least 10 Palestinians injured.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources say Tel Aviv has deployed troops to the besieged Gaza Strip border for a possible attack.

The Israeli regime has been conducting air raids on the coastal sliver, primarily as part of the military operations purportedly in search of three Israeli settlers, who Tel Aviv claimed had gone missing on June 12 and who were later found dead.

Reports said on June 30 that the bodies of the Israeli teenagers were found in a field near the village of Hilhul, north of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli regime claims the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, is responsible for the deaths. Hamas rejects the allegation.

In another incident on July 1, a Palestinian teenager kidnapped in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) was also found dead. Hamas held Israel accountable for the murder of the 18-year-old teenager, Yusuf Abu Zagher.

Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.


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