ISRAELI warplanes have launched a series of airstrikes in Gaza in retaliation after a rocket attack.
The hit in the coastal city of Ashkelon activated air raid sirens, sending thousands of residents into bomb shelters.
The Israeli military said the missile was intercepted by the air defense system.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in Gaza or Israel.
No Palestinian group claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, but the Israeli military blamed Hamas.
Just hours later, Israeli planes launched airstrikes on four military sites in Gaza.
“In response to the rocket attack, Israel Defense Forces planes have attacked a number of Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
Dramatic footage showed plumes of smoke and fire rising from the attacked camps in central and northern Gaza.
The strike comes after nearly two months of relative calm in the region, in contrast to rising tensions in the occupied West Bank.
On Friday, Israeli forces killed three Palestinian gunmen in the city of Jenin, where military crackdowns intensified after local men carried out several deadly street attacks in Israel.
Hamas said one of the gunmen was among its members, while another militant group, based on members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad faction, claimed the dead gunmen.
Also on Friday, an Israeli observation balloon crashed in the northern Gaza Strip and crashed.
The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident.
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