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Israel has launch strikes on Hamas targets

Israel has launched strikes against Hamas military targets in response to rocket launches from the Gaza Strip, IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.

“What we have seen since 6 pm is a blatant attack by Hamas against Israel. We consider this a very serious attack on Israel, an attack by Hamas that will not go unnoticed, " he said at a briefing.

Conricus stressed that the military recorded dozens of shells, most of which landed in an open area, or was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

The press service of the Israel Defense Forces also reported that the drone " struck three Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip.”

On Monday, air raid sirens went off in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, as well as in the south of the country in Ashkelon, Sderot, and in areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip. One civilian was reported injured.

The Hamas military wing of the Al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks on Israel. They said it was a response to the “aggression against the holy city” of Jerusalem and to the " persecution of our people in Sheikh Jarrah and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that as a result of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, nine people were killed, including three teenagers. In turn, Conricus stressed that the military is checking these reports and can not yet confirm or deny them.

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