Palestinian group Islamic Jihad fires rockets into Israel as tanks deepen incursions into Gaza

Violence flared on Monday as the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad fired around 20 rockets into Israel, while Israeli tanks deepened incursions into eastern Gaza City, residents said. Meanwhile, efforts to achieve a ceasefire backed by the United States have stalled.

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad fired a barrage of rockets into Israel on Monday as fighting raged in Gaza and Israeli tanks advanced deeper in parts of the enclave, residents and officials said.

The armed wing of Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed ally of Hamas, said its fighters fired rockets towards several Israeli communities near the fence with Gaza in response to "the crimes of the Zionist enemy against our Palestinian people".

The volley of around 20 rockets caused no casualties, the Israeli military said. But the attack showed militants still possess rocket capabilities almost nine months into an offensive that Israel says is aimed at neutralising threats against it.

Residents of several neighbourhoods in eastern Khan Younis, which is in southern Gaza, said they had received audio messages from Israeli phone numbers ordering them to leave their homes.

Some suggested this could mean Israeli forces will return to the area, which they left several weeks ago. Israel's military did not comment on this.


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