Israeli troops near Gaza come under mortar fire, 2 rockets fired into Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops stationed on the border with Gaza came under mortar fire Thursday as two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

The afternoon attack, the sixth in three days, came shortly after the Israel Defense Forces said it had discovered a Hamas-dug terror tunnel running from the southern Gaza Strip to inside Israel. The mortars reportedly were fired at the closed military zone set up in southern Israel around the opening to the tunnel.

The IDF said it responded with tank fire toward the area from where the mortars were fired.

Also Thursday afternoon, two rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel near the Gaza border.

No injuries or damage were reported in either attack.

On Wednesday evening, the Israel Air Force said its warplanes struck five Hamas targets near the Gaza border town of Rafah in retaliation for the previous mortar attacks. There were no casualties reported.

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