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Two wounded in Israel after rockets fired from Gaza

The rocket fire comes just weeks after consecutive Israeli bombardment in Gaza [Getty]

Date of publication: 15 September, 2020

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Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday injured at least two people.
At least two people were wounded in Israel by rocket fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza on Tuesday, emergency services said, as Israel signed normalisation deals with Bahrain and the UAE.

The Israeli army said two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, one of which was intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The other crashed into the southern coastal city of Ashdod, lightly wounding at least two people, local emergency services said.

Witnesses in Gaza said at least two rockets were fired from the north of the coastal enclave into Israeli territory.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility from Palestinian factions operating in Gaza.

The attack came as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a landmark accord in Washington establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

Throughout August, militants in the strip stepped up incendiary balloon attacks against Israel, which responded with air strikes that bombarded the Gaza strip for several consecutive nights.

But the two sides reached a Qatari-mediated deal to end hostilities and revive a fragile 18-month truce.

Read also: Aljazeera investigation reveals UAE's role in enforcing Israeli blockade of Gaza Strip

The Islamist movement Hamas has joined the Palestinian Authority, dominated by arch-rival Fatah, in condemning the UAE and Bahraini accords with Israel as a "betrayal" of their cause.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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