Rocket fire from Gaza following death of Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody

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AMMAN — At least 25 rockets were reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Tuesday with two rockets hitting Sderot and at least three Israelis wounded, starting just hours after Palestinian Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan died after a three-month-long hunger strike in Israeli custody.اضافة اعلان

Israeli forces said it has carried out tank strikes in the Gaza Strip following the rocket fire on southern Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the first three rockets landed in open areas near the Gaza border. The Iron Dome was not activated. Additionally, a mortar fired from the Gaza Strip fell near the border fence on Tuesday morning.

Later in the afternoon, 22 more rockets were fired, according to Israeli forces, causing sirens to go off in multiple cities.

Palestinian groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rockets.

Arab and international officials have been working with both sides to prevent escalation and end this round as quickly as possible, according to Haaretz.

A diplomatic source familiar with the contacts said: "We warned Israel in advance that the death of Adnan would lead to a reaction, but unfortunately they didn't really listen.”

“The effort now is to end it and not to respond with something that will lead to more casualties that will require each side to react."

Previous warningsPalestinian Islamic Jihad officials had warned that Israel would “pay a heavy price” should Adnan die in custody. On Tuesday morning, the movement stated that "the criminal enemy will once again realize that its crimes will not go unanswered."

Adnan is the first imprisoned Palestinian to die following a hunger strike.

The rocket fire on Tuesday morning is the first since rockets were fired from Syria toward the Golan Heights in early April. The last rocket fire from the Gaza Strip was on April 7.

Israel threatens to worsen prisoner conditionsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Minister Yoav Gallant both issued statements signaling the severity with which they view the ongoing series of military exchanges.

Netanyahu said that he was receiving regular updates from his military secretary, Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil and that he would be conducting a meeting with top defense officials later Tuesday.

Gallant met with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi midday and said, "Anyone who tries to harm Israel's citizens will regret it."

Israeli Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Israel Prison Service head Katy Perry held a situation assessment after Adnan's death on Tuesday and decided to increase security in the prisons.

Ben-Gvir additionally instructed the prison service to inform the prisoners that if they go on hunger strike or conduct riots, their living conditions will be worsened.

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