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IDF retaliates after barrage of at least 10 rockets from Gaza
IDF retaliates after barrage of over 30 rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel overnight.
By Jerusalem Post, April 24, 2021
Due to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip in which dozens of rockets were fired at southern Israel in a single night, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi delayed his upcoming trip to the United States.
Kohavi is supposed to meet top US defense officials such as National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
Some 36 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israeli territory in the night between Friday and Saturday. Six of which were intercepted, and an IDF tank attacked a Hamas outpost as IAF aircraft struck rocket launchers in retaliation during the night.
On Saturday afternoon, Kohavi held a security assessment meeting with senior IDF officials at the Kiryah in Tel Aviv. Included in the meeting was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, National Security Council Chief Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Israel Police Cheif Kobi Shabtai, in addition to others.
Senior security officials hold that the escalation is tied to the ongoing riots in Jerusalem, in which extreme-right Jews and Arab clashed throughout the week, Maariv reported.
It was also said that Israel is not interested in further deterioration of the situation.
During the night, Red Alert sirens were heard in multiple places near the Gaza border.
The vast majority of the rockets exploded in open fields.
The first three launches were detected as coming from the Gaza Strip and falling near the town of Kisufim, in the Eshkol Regional Council. The IDF’s Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted one of them. The other two fell in open areas near the border fence.
Later on Friday night, at around 1:50 a.m., additional sirens were heard at Alumim, Be’eri, Kfar Maimon, and Tushiya, in the Sdot Negev and Eshkol regional councils.
Minutes later, more sirens were heard in Mivtahim, Amioz, Yesha, Nir Yitzhak, Tzohar, and Ohad, all in the Eshkol Regional Council.
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