Israeli fighter jets carried out strikes on Gaza Strip for the second consecutive night.
These strikes were made in retaliation for a rocket that was fired from Gaza around 10.30 on Wednesday night.
It crashed into the Israeli town Sderot and caused damage to a car and a part of a home. One elderly man was also injured.
Israel later intercepted a wave of rockets. After heavy gunfire from Gaza, sirens were activated in border cities for the second time.
According to the Israeli Defence Forces, they have “struck an underground facility in Gaza that was used for rocket engines. This will severely impede Gaza’s rocket manufacturing capabilities.” There have been no injuries.
Israeli warplanes had earlier struck a number sites in Gaza overnight on Monday. This was the first firefight since New Year’s Eve – the end of one of the longest periods in calm at the border in years.
Israel holds Hamas accountable for all activities in Gaza, despite the fact that no one group claimed responsibility for the rocket launches.
It is also not clear what caused the rocket fire. However, a nationalist Israeli flag marche went ahead despite efforts by Naftali Bennett.
Far-right Jews marched through the Old City waving Israeli flags. However, they were stopped by police from passing through Damascus Gate or the Muslim Quarter. They could have caused violence when they did so at a time when Ramadan was being broken by Palestinians.
After significant losses in the 11 day war last year, Israeli intelligence officials still believe Hamas doesn’t want an escalation of violence in Gaza Strip.
After a series clashes with Israeli police at the holy site, the militant group has been actively encouraging resistance in the West Bank.