At least 15 rockets explode in southern Israel as tensions escalate
A rocket launched by Palestinians militants toward Israel makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border - AP

GAZA CITY: Code Red siren alerts citizens of southern Israel throughout the night and morning to take shelter; homes lightly damaged from latest barrage; around 40 rockets have been launched since boys were kidnapped, The Jerusalem Post reported.

At least fifteen rockets exploded around southern Israel following a number of Code Red rocket alert sirens that sounded throughout Monday morning, the Israeli forces said.

A number of homes were lightly damaged from the shrapnel of one of the rockets, police said.

Around 40 rockets have been launched into Israel in the past 18 days since 3 Israeli teens, all yeshiva students, went missing in the West Bank.

Following an airstrike in Gaza on Saturday in response the rocket fire, the Israeli forces is checking to see whether a terrorist killed during the strike belonged to Hamas, a senior security source said Monday morning. Hamas has announced that the casualty was a member of its military wing.

“We know unequivocally that the terrorist killed in the strike was preparing to fire rockets,” the source added.

The security source noted that a Givati infantry unit operating along the Gaza border came under fire on Sunday as well.

Hamas has not been behind recent rocket attacks on southern Israel, but rather, smaller terrorist groups in the Strip, according to military assessments. “[But] we are more interested in who is responsible [for Gaza],” he added.

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