ISRAEL (April 18, 2022)—The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Monday night, the first in four months.
The incoming rocket siren was activated around 8:30 p.m. in the southern Israeli communities of Kissufim and Ein Hashlosha, which are located just across from the city of Khan Yunis.
The Eshkol regional council and Magen David Adom said there were no reports of injuries following the rocket attack.
On Sunday afternoon sirens were activated in the town of Nahal Oz. The IDF later said that is was a false alarm. The last time that rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled enclave was on January 1 when two rockets landed in the sea off the coast of Tel Aviv.
The rocket fire comes as tensions rise surrounding the Temple Mount as dozens of Palestinians have been injured and hundreds arrested following violent clashes with Israel Police.
The international community, including Arab states that have normalized ties with Israel as well as Jordan, have been highly critical of the actions of Israeli security forces and Hamas and other groups in the Strip have warned that Jerusalem and the holy compound were a red line.
“Our Palestinian people are committed to holding to their rights, land and holy sites,” said Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. “All attempts to dominate Al-Aqsa Mosque or change its Islamic identity will not succeed.”
Israeli officials understand that while Hamas is not interested in any conflict, their major concern is that the violence might spiral and lead to other terror groups in the Strip launching rockets into Israel-therefore dragging the country into yet another war.
Last year violence on the Temple Mount coupled with the cancellation of Palestinian elections led to Hamas firing seven rockets toward Jerusalem leading to 11 days of deadly conflict called Operation Guardian of the Walls by the IDF and Sword of Jerusalem by Hamas.
According to reports, Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations have been mediating between Israel and Hamas in order to calm the tensions and prevent further violence.
Source: the Jerusalem Post