“The IDF is currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity,” the Israeli forces said in a statement released on Twitter. “A barrage” of at least 28 mortar shells was launched towards several locations in Israel, according to the IDF.
“Most of the launches were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial-defense system,” the army added.
The IDF is currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity. Details to follow
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 29, 2018
Rocket sirens went off in several Israeli locations close to the Gaza border on Tuesday morning, the IDF stated. An Israeli kindergarten located near the Gaza Strip was hit by several mortars, video released by Israeli forces shows.
No injuries were reported as the rockets were fired when children only made their way to the school.
In the meantime, Reuters cited local residents, saying that Israeli aircraft struck a position by the Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip as a response to mortar shelling. Israeli military, however, declined to comment on the report.
Shortly after announcing the operation, the Israeli military said that it intercepted more projectiles fired from Gaza Strip.
The IDF also destroyed a “terror tunnel” near Kerem Shalom border crossing. The tunnel extended inside Israeli and Egyptian territory and was used “for transporting weapons to the territory of Egypt,” the army said.