430 rockets fired from Gaza on Israel in last 24 hours

Jerusalem: In the last 24 hours, at least 430 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel, setting off alarms in the nation alerting citizens to take shelter.

Tensions have been high ever since incoming rocket sirens began blaring across Israel on Saturday morning, with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) reporting that more than 250 rockets were fired at the country from Gaza.

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In response, the IDF struck more than 120 “terror targets” in Gaza, targetting a Hamas weapons depot, attack tunnel shafts, rocket launchers, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas weapons manufacturing factories, and a PIJ training compound and command center located inside a mosque.

Meanwhile, terror groups in Gaza are mulling over increasing the rocket range to over 40 kilometres in the coming hours “if the aggression continues.”

“Wherever you are in the world, whether you are now going to sleep or just starting your day…you need to know that for the second day in a row, Israelis are waking up to rocket fire from Gaza,” the IDF tweeted on Sunday.

At least 10 Palestinians have been killed since Friday when the flareup began, according to the Times of Israel. One Israeli man, identified as 58-year-old Moshe Agadi, was declared dead after being hit by shrapnel when his home was targetted in the wee hours on Sunday.

Military activities have increased at the Israel-Gaza border in the past few days after nearly 5,000 Palestinians hit the streets for a weekly protest. As a part of the “Great March of Return” or weekly protest which started last year, protestors are demanding rights to return to their home which they had to flee following the formation of Israel in 1948.

The Gaza health ministry has said that the Israeli army, since last year, has killed 275 demonstrators and wounded 17,000 others. Israel has waged three offensives on the Gaza Strip since December 2008, destroying its infrastructure completely and killing thousands. After the last war in 2014, the United Nations warned that the strip would be “uninhabitable” by 2020.


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