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Rocket sirens sound in Israeli cities surrounding Gaza Strip amid war with Hamas

As the war between Israel and Hamas terrorist group entered its ninth day on Sunday, rocket sirens were once again heard across several Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv in the central part of the country and Ashkelon in the south.

Multiple exchanges of rocket strikes happened during the day between the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), and Hamas’s armed wing ‘Al Qassam Brigades’ and Lebanon’s armed outfit Hezbollah. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), the IDF said nine rockets were launched into Israeli territory from Lebanon.

“9 rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory. The IDF Aerial Defense Array intercepted 5 rockets according to protocol. The IDF is currently striking the launchsite in Lebanon,” the IDF’s post on the microblogging site read.

Meanwhile, Hamas’s armed wing claimed responsibility for firing a string of 20 rockets from Lebanon, targetting two settlements in the north of Israel, according to Reuters.

Separately, Lebanon’s Hezbollah said it had targetted barracks in Israel’s Hanita with guided missiles, adding that it had inflicted casualties on “the enemy ranks”.

The sirens had even caused a delegation of US Senators, led by Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, to rush to a bomb shelter in Tel Aviv. The US Senators are currently in Israel as a show of solidarity with the Israelis.

Sunday marked the ninth day in a row that these sirens were sounded in Tel Aviv and other parts of central Israel amid the continuing conflict with Hamas.

The death toll in the war has so far exceeded 3,000 in both the Gaza Strip and Israel. Meanwhile, Israeli forces continue their air strikes on Gaza and prepare for a ground offensive after giving Gaza residents a deadline to evacuate their homes and move south.

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Oct 16, 2023

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