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Gantz: IDF will continue to retaliate to rocket fire

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 Two rockets exploded in open areas near Ofakim and Ashdod on Sunday. One of the Grads was intercepted and its residues landed in a local resident’s backyard. An additional Qassam rocket and mortar shell hit open areas at the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Sunday that more than 120 rockets were fired at Israel since Friday. He noted that 20% of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. "The IDF has demonstrated accurate interception abilities," he said.

"The IDF has retaliated and will continue to retaliate with force and sensitivity against any firing directed at Israel. Hamas and other terror groups continue to gain strength at an alarming rate. We do not seek escalation but Hamas controls Gaza. "

The Defense Ministry said in a statement that 16 terrorists were killed and 20 others were wounded in the current cycle of violence. The statement also noted that a 14-year-old teen from the Gaza Strip who was not involved in the fighting was also killed.
Since Friday, the IDF has carried 21 strikes in Gaza, including 13 airstrikes meant to thwart rocket launching attempts and eight attacks against weapons, factories and depots.

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