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Israeli jets pound Gaza after rocket fire

Gazans Fire Rockets at South, as Israeli Jets Hit Strip in Retaliatory Strike

Gazans fired several rockets toward southern Israel, and Israeli Air Force warplanes carried out sorties in the Gaza Strip early Friday, January 27, as tit-for-tat fighting broke out amid sky-high tensions following a West Bank raid that left nine Palestinians, most of whom were terrorists, dead, a day earlier.

At least three rockets were fired from Gaza at around 3:30 a.m. Friday, as Israeli jets bombed sites said to belong to the Hamas terror group in retaliation for a rocket attack hours earlier.

One of the rockets was intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, another landed in an open field, and a third fell short of the border, the army said, after alarms sounded in the towns Nir Oz, Ein Habesor and Magen.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was also investigating after incoming sirens were activated near Kfar Aza, a kibbutz near the Gaza border.

The rocket attacks came as Israeli jets carried out a series of bombing raids in the central Gaza Strip in response to Gazan terrorists firing two rockets toward Ashkelon at midnight. Both projectiles were intercepted by Iron Dome.

The military said it targeted an underground facility where rockets are manufactured in the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza. It said the site was in an area surrounded by residential buildings and 180 meters (590 feet) from a storage facility maintained by UNRWA, the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees. Footage released by the military showed the site being bombed from the air. (TOI / VFI News)

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