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Rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel

Rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel

Palestinian armed groups launched salvos of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel on Tuesday after a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad organization died in Israeli custody following an 87-day hunger strike, the first death of its kind. in more than three decades.

Khader Adnan, who was awaiting trial, was found unconscious in his cell and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead after attempts at resuscitation, the Israel Prison Service said.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Gaza and the occupied West Bank to support Adnan and mourn his death, which Palestinian leaders described as an assassination. In Gaza, a core group of armed Palestinian factions, which include Hamas and Islamic Jihad, launched two separate rocket barrages at Israel.

The Israeli army said at least three rockets were fired from Gaza hours after Adnan’s death, and another 26 were launched in the late afternoon. Two landed in the southern city of Sderot, injuring three people, including a 25-year-old foreigner who, according to Israel’s ambulance service, suffered serious injuries from shrapnel.

An Israel Defense Force official said Israel would respond at a time and place of its choosing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with security officials to assess the situation and the military said it was investigating how two rockets penetrated Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.

Since 2011, Adnan has carried out at least three hunger strikes in protest against detention without charge by Israel. The tactic was used by other Palestinian prisoners, sometimes en masse, but no one had died since 1992.

(Additional reporting by Henriette Chacar, Ali Sawafta)

Source: CNN Brasil