The Israel Defense Force confirmed late Tuesday that Israeli military was conducting airstrikes across the Gaza Strip in response to earlier launches from the region.
An initial message issued by the agency across social media read: “The IDF is currently striking in the Gaza Strip.”
Unconfirmed footage from the scene has since begun to surface online.
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Red alerts sirens have since sounded off in southern Israel, specifically in Sderot and Moshav Talmi Bilu. Israeli officials earlier urged individuals living along the Gaza border to be on alert.
The IDF earlier detailed that approximately 21 rockets had been launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel after news broke of the death of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner who had been on a hunger strike for nearly three months. Reports note he was found unconscious in his cell.
At the time, Mohammad Shtayyeh, who serves as the Palestinian prime minister, described Adnan’s death as a “deliberate assassination” as Israel had repeatedly rejected his release requests.
In the immediate moments after Adnan’s death, three rockets had been launched from the Gaza Strip; however, IDF officials detailed at the time that the projectiles had caused no damages as they landed in open areas. Responses were later kicked up after retaliatory tank fire by Israeli officials.
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