For the second time in two days, Palestinians fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, the Israeli army said on Friday (April 16th) without claiming any casualties. The projectile, which landed in an uninhabited area, caused no casualties or damage, according to a military spokesperson. The shooting was not initially claimed.
The Gaza Strip, an enclave of two million inhabitants, has been controlled by Islamists Hamas since 2007 and since then subjected to an Israeli blockade. Hamas and Israel fought three wars between 2008 and 2014. Since then, rocket and incendiary balloon fire from Gaza and Israeli retaliatory strikes against Hamas or the Islamic Jihad, the second armed Islamist group in the country. Palestinian enclave, take place sporadically.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the deployment of the Israeli anti-missile system “Iron domeWhich intercepted hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza or Syria. The poverty rate in Gaza is over 50%. Living conditions have deteriorated further with the establishment of containment to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.