Dozens of rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Friday, August 5. Earlier, the country’s armed forces announced the start of Operation Dawn, during which it inflicted several strikes on objects in the Gaza Strip. “In just 2 hours tonight, 71 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel. Nine of these rockets fell inside the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said in a statement.

On the night of August 5-6, air strike warning systems went off in the southern and central regions of the country. Several projectiles were intercepted air defense system “Iron Dome”writes The Times of Israel. There is no information about victims.

The IDF said it fired back at a rocket launcher from the Palestinian radical Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip. Representatives of the group, in turn, indicated that they fired more than 100 rockets at Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, Reuters reports. Local residents and journalists published footage of the operation of the air defense system on social networks.

One of the commanders of the group “Islamic Jihad” was killed

Earlier on August 5, the Israel Defense Forces announced the start of Operation Dawn. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called it the goal of “removing the threat” to the country’s citizens who live near the Gaza Strip. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has approved a plan to call up 25,000 reservists once the operation begins.

Within its framework, attacks were carried out on targets in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad radical group Taysir al-Jaabari and “about 15 terrorists” were killed, a number of news agencies reported.

In the light of the worsening situation, Egypt is trying to mediate, which contributed to truce between Israel and the radical Islamic movement Hamas spring 2021. “We hope to reach a consensus to return to calm as soon as possible,” an Egyptian security official in the Gaza Strip was quoted as saying by AFP. A representative of the Israeli army also reported on the mediation of Egypt, without giving details.

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