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Israel intercepts rocket fired from Gaza, says Army, no casualty reported

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The military stated “one rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip” on Wednesday and was “intercepted” by Israel’s air defence system.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 2, 2023 03:09 IST

Fire and smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in central Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 (Photo: AP/File)

By Agence France-Presse: Israel intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza Wednesday, the military stated, within the newest outbreak of unrest that got here a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged calm throughout a go to to the area.

There have been no studies of casualties or injury from the launch, which was not instantly claimed by any armed group within the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian territory.

It follows cross-border rocket hearth from the Gaza Strip final week in retaliation for a lethal Israeli raid within the occupied West Bank, and a taking pictures assault outdoors a synagogue in annexed east Jerusalem on Friday that killed seven civilians.

That assault on the Jewish Sabbath was the deadliest concentrating on Israeli civilians in additional than a decade and was celebrated by many Palestinians in Gaza and throughout the West Bank, the place bloodshed can be rising.

Last week, Israeli forces killed 10 individuals within the Jenin refugee camp of their deadliest raid within the West Bank in practically 20 years. Israel stated Islamic Jihad militants have been the goal of the operation.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Islamic Jihad each fired rockets at Israel after Thursday’s raid. Israel launched retaliatory air strikes, with Hamas and Islamic Jihad vowing additional motion.

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The military stated “one rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip” on Wednesday and was “intercepted” by Israel’s air defence system. The Israeli military stated sirens sounded within the metropolis of Sderot and different areas near Gaza.

There have been no rapid studies of casualties from the incident. Blinken left the area late Tuesday after assembly Israeli and Palestinian leaders within the West Bank.

The US has no contact with Hamas, which it considers a terrorist organisation. The high US diplomat had urged either side to take “pressing steps” to restore calm.

The year 2022 was the deadliest in the West Bank since the United Nations started tracking fatalities in the occupied territory in 2005.

In January, the conflict killed 35 Palestinian adults and children — including attackers, militants and civilians — as well as the six Israeli civilians, including a child, and one Ukrainian, killed on Friday.

Blinken said he was leaving senior staff behind in the region, in hopes of implementing “constructive ideas” to stem the preventing.

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Feb 2, 2023