Israel retaliates against rocket fire with Gaza airstrike

Landing site where a Gaza rocket exploded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot

Islamic Jihad's armed wing said two of its members were killed, Haaretz reported.

He also stressed the tunnel had been in the works for some time and was not linked to the recent clashes and protests over last week's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by Trump.

Gaza City: Two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with authorities in the Hamas-run territory blaming an Israeli strike, but Israel's military immediately denying the claim.

Smoke was seen rising from the Gaza Strip, where the area where the attack was reported to have taken place.

Hamas did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Tensions along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip flared up Monday, capping a week of rocket fire at Israel by terror groups and responses in turn from the army.

"The IDF holds Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gaza Strip".

An Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson said on Twitter its Iron Dome defence system intercepted a rocket fired towards the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket fire, which came hours after Israel shelled a Hamas position in Gaza in response to a missile shot from Gaza. A third rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome system.

"The enemy will pay the price for breaking the rules of engagement with the resistance in Gaza", the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement.

The tunnel, which stretched a few hundred meters into southern Israel, was identified several weeks ago using "unique tools combined with advanced technology, intelligence and operational capabilities", Manelis said.

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