4-day drill launched in southern Israel amid Gaza tensions

The Israeli military said that residents in the area will likely see increased aircraft activity due to the drill.
IDF forces during a drill Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Amid the rising tensions with Gaza, the Israeli military is conducting a multi-day exercise in southern Israel. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that the drill, which is set to end on Wednesday, will be taking place in Kiryat Gat, Ashdod, Ashkelon and Shomria.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force launched a separate drill this morning, affecting all of Israel’s airbases. This exercise will end on Thursday. The Israeli army said that as part of the drill, an increased number of aircraft will be seen in Israel’s skies and explosions and drill sirens will be heard near the bases.

The military exercises were launched a few hours after terrorists in Gaza returned to firing projectiles at Israeli communities on Saturday evening. In response to the attacks, Israeli fighter jets carried out two rounds of airstrikes early Sunday morning, attacking some 15 Hamas terror targets.

A total of six projectiles were fired from Gaza, the IDF has confirmed. Four of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. Another fell short of the Israeli border. The sixth landed in an open field near the border, causing no damage or injuries.

While terrorists in the coastal enclave refrained from firing rockets and mortars at Israel on Friday, thousands of Palestinians still gathered at the border and clashed with Israeli security forces as part of the weekly border protests that have been occurring since the end of March. A Palestinian protester even successfully infiltrated Israel to plant a grenade near the fence. The suspect was able to escape back to Gaza before the IDF forces in the area could apprehend him.

In another incident, terrorists in Gaza opened fire on an IDF vehicle. No injuries were reported on the Israeli side.

On Thursday, a senior IDF official said that Israel was extremely close to war last week, citing that it was the highest point of tensions between Israel and Gaza since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.  



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