Three rockets fired from Gaza into Israel: army

Two of the drones were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome aerial defence system. (File/Wikipedia)
Updated 25 August 2019
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Three rockets fired from Gaza into Israel: army

  • Three launches were identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory
  • One projectile fell in wasteland, starting a fire

JERUSALEM: Three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Sunday, the Israeli army said.
"Three launches were identified from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory," it said in a statement. "Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system."
One projectile fell in wasteland, starting a fire, according to the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council.
A concert organised as part of a music festival in the town of Sderot was interrupted by a siren, a spokesperson for the municipality said.
Since the start of August, an uptick in rocket fire and Palestinian attempts to cross from Gaza into Israel have been met with Israeli strikes, threatening a fragile ceasefire between Israel and the coastal enclave's rulers Hamas.
With less than a month to go before Israeli elections, analysts say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is keen to avoid a flare-up -- despite his rivals calling for tough action against Hamas.
The movement has not claimed the latest rocket fire or infiltration attempts, but speculation has grown that supporters in the blockaded enclave are hoping to pressure him into further concessions under a truce deal.


Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

Updated 48 min 36 sec ago

Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

  • Final election results will be published on Wednesday
JERUSALEM: Near-complete official results Friday confirmed a deadlock in Israel’s general election this week, putting Benny Gantz’s party as the largest but without an obvious path to form a majority coalition.
The results from Israel’s election committee showed Gantz’s centrist Blue and White with 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud with 31.
Final results will be published on Wednesday, it said, and there could be changes before then.
The committee said the results did not include 14 polling stations where verifications were still ongoing.
Israeli media said that meant 99.8 percent of the votes had been counted.
The third-largest total was the mainly Arab Joint List alliance, which won 13 seats, followed by the Jewish ultra-Orthodox party Shas with nine.
Another ultra-Orthodox party, United Torah Judaism, won eight seats, as did ex-defense minister Avigdor Lieberman’s nationalist Yisrael Beitenu.
The results have put Netanyahu’s long tenure in office at risk.
On Thursday, he acknowledged the results did not allow him to form a right-wing coalition as he hoped and instead called on Gantz to form a unity government with him.
Gantz responded by saying he would have to be prime minister in a unity government since Blue and White was the largest party.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin plans to begin consultations with all parties voted into parliament on Sunday to decide who to choose to try to form a government.