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IDF targets dozens terror positions in Gaza in response to rocket fire

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Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
The attacks occurred in advance of Israel’s Independence Day and 10 days before the Eurovision Song Contest.

Dozens of projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

While the majority of rockets launched by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fell in open areas, several hit homes in communities in southern Israel, including in Beersheba, Sderot and Ashkelon.

Incoming rocket sirens began on Saturday morning and by the afternoon were heard in Kiryat Malachi and Beit Shemesh.

In response, the IDF targeted more than 120 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) positions across the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Health Ministry said a 14-month-old baby and her mother were killed by one of the Israeli strikes and at least 18 other Palestinians were wounded throughout Saturday. 

Among the targets struck were several Hamas military compounds in the Gaza City neighborhoods of Tel Alawah and Shajiya used for training and manufacturing weapons. Other targets struck belonged to Hamas’ naval force and a joint military compound used by Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO) in Beit Lahiya.

Several targets belonging to Palestinian Islamic Jihad were struck including military compounds in Deir al-Balah, Tel Sultan, Shati and Khan Yunis.

The IDF also struck two high-trajectory launchers, and several observation posts along the border, as well as a multi-story building in the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City that Israel said was being used by the Hamas intelligence service. The building reportedly also housed the Gaza offices of Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency.
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