Warning sirens activated in southern Israeli towns, hours after Gaza rocket fire

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Rocket warning systems sounded in southern Israel early Thursday morning, after terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired projectiles the previous evening as Palestinians clashed with police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The IDF Home Front Command said alert systems were activated in the communities of Ranen, Patish, Dorot and Havat Shikmim, and residents were instructed to take cover in bomb shelters.

The army said they were looking into the matter.

On Wednesday night, two rockets were fired from Gaza, one failed to clear the border and the other landed in an open area.

Shortly after, renewed fighting broke out at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and riots broke out along the Gaza border and several Israeli Arab communities.

The violence followed Tuesday’s clashes between police and worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, subsequent rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli countermeasures in the Strip on Wednesday morning.

The unrest came amid concerns about a possible escalation during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which often sees a spike in Israeli-Palestinian tensions, and which this year coincides with Passover and Passover. Easter began on Wednesday evening. The first two weeks of Ramadan had passed relatively smoothly.

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