Two rockets have fallen into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tel Aviv, with the Israeli military claiming they were fired from the besieged Gaza Strip.
Informed sources with Palestinian resistance groups told the Palestine al-Aan news website that the rocket fire came during stormy weather on Saturday morning, and that Gaza-based combatants were test-firing surface-to-surface projectiles.
They came after the Israeli military fired tank shells at the besieged coastal enclave that left a number of people injured.
Large explosions were heard in a number of Israeli cities shortly after 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) early Saturday. Video circulating on social media showed an explosion in the sea off the coast of Jaffa.
Hebrew-language media outlets said the second rocket landed in the sea off the coast of Palmachim, south of the city of Rishon Lezion.
The apparent test of rockets comes after the Ministry of Health in Gaza said three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli tank fire.
Local media shared photos of three men being transferred to a hospital in northern Gaza. It said they were all farmers.
Tensions have been running high in the occupied territories for months over Israel’s settlement activities and its planned eviction of Palestinian families from their ancestral homes.
Palestinian groups and activists have warned that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and its settler assaults in the occupied West Bank will lead to a new Intifada (uprising).
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says it will not remain silent in the face of Israel’s ever-growing aggression and settlement expansion across the occupied Palestinian territories.
In a statement released on the 13th anniversary of the 2008-2009 war on Gaza, Hamas said to sit idly by was not permitted while Israel accelerated its Judaization campaign and settlement activities in occupied al-Quds and the West Bank.
Hamas pledged to build up its defensive capabilities and military strength to confront Israel on multiple fronts.
“The option of comprehensive resistance, especially the armed struggle and the popular uprising against the occupation, is the optimal way to extract the usurped Palestinian rights, liberate the land, defend the Palestinian people and curb the Israeli aggression and crimes,” the statement read.
It also called on the international community to hold the regime accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian nation.