The Israeli military said it launched about 10 air strikes in Hamas Islamist-run Gaza early on Wednesday (September 16) and that 15 rockets had been fired from the territory at Israeli communities near the border, where sirens sounded before dawn.
On Tuesday (September 15), a rocket from Gaza struck the coastal Israeli city of Ashdod, wounding two people, at the same time as Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements at the White House to establish diplomatic relations.
Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, view the U.S.-brokered deals as a betrayal of their cause.
No casualties were reported on either side of the Israel-Gaza frontier. The military said eight of the rockets launched on Wednesday were intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system.
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TRANSLATOR: I'm not surprised that the Palestinian terrorist fires at Israel precisely during this historic ceremony. They want to turn back the peace. In that, they will not succeed. We will strike at all of those who raised their hands to harm us. And we will reach out to all those who extend the hand of peace to us.