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23 Feb, 2020 16:46

Palestinians launch rocket attack on southern Israel (VIDEOS)

Palestinians launch rocket attack on southern Israel (VIDEOS)

Air raid sirens sounded across southern Israel as a wave of rockets were launched from Gaza. The barrage came hours after the Israeli military killed a "terrorist" it said was planting explosives near the border fence.

Sirens sounded in Sderot, Ashkelon, Sha’ar Hanegen, and several other regions of southern Israel on Sunday evening, as at least 20 rockets were launched from Gaza. Explosions were heard as some rockets touched down on Israeli soil, while others were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

Video footage showed the projectiles blazing through the sky, with Israeli missiles neutralizing some mid-air.

No injuries were reported.

Israel retaliated later on Sunday night, pounding targets in Gaza with airstrikes. The Israel Defense Forces said its planes hit Islamic Jihad targets, including a "terror squad preparing to fire rockets" at Israeli civilians.

The exchange kicked off on Sunday morning, when the IDF shot and killed a suspected terrorist, who it says was “planting an explosive device next to the security fence with Israel.”

When a crowd of Palestinians moved in to retrieve the man’s body, they found their way blocked by an Israeli bulldozer, escorted by a Merkava tank. Gangs of youths pelted the bulldozer with stones as it scooped up the body and returned to Israeli territory.

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