Rocket sirens have blasted near the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli town of Sderot following threats by Palestinian terror organisations.
The Israeli Defence Force has confirmed sirens sounded in Sderot on Monday which came before a rocket was launched over the Israel-Gaza border.
The rocket, believed to have been launched from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory, was intercepted by Israel’s missile defence system.
Hamas, which controls Gaza, threatened an escalation of tension and violence should Israel not secure much-needed supplies for the strip’s reconstruction within days.
The group has also demanded Israel transfer promised funds bound for Gaza from Qatar.
The rocket fire on Monday came after a deadly gun battle in the West Bank between Israeli troops and Palestinians which claimed the lives of four Palestinians.
Israeli forces claimed they were engaging in an arrest before coming under “heavy fire from close range”.
It comes almost three months after the 11-day war between Israel and Hamas militants came to an end.
The conflict resulted in the deaths of 12 Israeli citizens and more than 250 Palestinians with about 2000 injured in Gaza.
In the largest conflict between the two sides since 2014, Hamas fired rockets into Israel after days of rising tensions between the two sides.
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