High Alert In Israel As Rockets Fired From Gaza, ISIS Claim Responsibility

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At least 3 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel On Wednesday.

As investigations by the Israeli army are underway, no casualties have yet been reported. The police have said in a statement, “a short time ago three rockets were fired in the direction of (the southern city of) Ashkelon. Sites of impact have not yet been located”.

On social media, reports of ISIS taking credit for the attacks have begun circulating.

Sputnik tweeted that ISIL (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the rockets being fired into Israel 

Another user tweeted that ISIS launched the rockets in revenge to Hamas over the arrest of some of its members.

Yahoo News reports:

Last Tuesday night a single rocket fell east of the port city of Ashdod and was followed a few hours later by four Israeli air strikes on Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip.

Nobody was hurt on either side.

Israeli public radio said the latest volley could be related to internal Gaza infighting between the strip’s Hamas rulers and its extremist opponents.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Hamas security forces on Tuesday shot dead a Salafist leader in Gaza City Tuesday during a confrontation.

The incident came as Hamas stepped up measures against militants belonging to Islamic extremist groups, some of whom are known as Salafists.

Since last summer, when Israel and Hamas fought a deadly 50-day war in and around Gaza, there have been growing signs of internal unrest between Hamas security forces and extremist splinter groups.

Salafists are Sunni Muslims who promote a strict lifestyle based on that of early “pious ancestors”. In Gaza they have made no secret of their disdain for Hamas over its observance of a tacit ceasefire with Israel and its failure to implement Islamic law.