Rocket launched from Gaza Strip – Israeli military
A rocket was launched from the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday morning, according to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
The weapon “exploded mid-air,” according to the IDF announcement posted on Twitter.
No one was injured in the alleged attack, the Israeli military said, without immediately providing any further details.
The alleged projectile was reportedly headed to the Ahskelon coastal region in southern Israel, the Times of Israel reported.
No rocket alert signal was activated as the explosion happened “relatively early” in its flight, Israeli media reported citing officials.
The incident comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with Israel beefing up its military presence in the West Bank.
At least three Israelis were killed and another injured in a stabbing attack by a 20-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank settlement of Halamish Friday night.
Israel upped its security alert level and dispatched thousands of additional troops to the area following the deadly knife assault, local media reported citing an IDF official.
Late Friday, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the PA was freezing all contacts with Israel over the Jerusalem holy site dispute and the violence over the past days.
Clashes have been raging for several days following Tel Aviv’s decision to install metal detectors at the Temple Mount (referred to by Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif ) in the Old City in Jerusalem.
The site is sacred to both Jews and Muslims, with Abbas having called for the removal of unilaterally installed barriers for people to be able to “pray with dignity.”