May 18, 2021

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IDF identifies unsuccessful launch of two rockets in Gaza

IDF identifies unsuccessful launch of two rockets in Gaza
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After several days of rockets being fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, Jerusalem moved to further narrow the territory’s fishing zone just nine miles from the coast.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), air raid sirens sounded early Wednesday morning in Kissufim, a kibbutz near the Gaza border, which they later identified as failed launches as both rockets. fell inside Gaza.

In recent days, more than 30 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israeli territory, many of which have been intercepted by Iron Dome missiles. While the IDF responded to some fire by returning fire with tanks and planes, the IDF was said to be preparing for a broader offensive after the number of rockets fired began to increase sharply.

The weekend also saw large demonstrations across Gaza, including outside a checkpoint between Gaza and Israel, in solidarity with Palestinians in East Jerusalem who had been attacked by police and an Israeli mob.

Israel’s near-total blockade of Gaza since 2009 has severely held back the government’s ability to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to rage in Gaza even as Israel has one of the highest vaccination rates against the virus of any nation. . Basic medical and mechanical supplies are hard to find.