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Rocket Fired from Gaza Sending Thousands to Shelters as IDF Moves Troops Toward Border

After a tension-filled day, a rocket was fired into southern Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, sending thousands of residents to shelters, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Israel warned that it was ready to launch additional strikes against terror targets in Gaza, as the IDF moved more troops to the border with the Hamas-controlled territory.

This comes a day after Israel and Hamas exchanged fire, following a rocket strike that destroyed a home in central Israel. Israel hit numerous Hamas targets in Gaza, including the building that houses Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s office and a “secret” headquarters for the terror group’s security and intelligence services.

Overnight Monday, Hamas launched dozens of rockets into Israel. It is believed that Iron Dome intercepted a number of rockets and one home in the southern Israeli city of Sderot was reported damaged.

It was later reported on Tuesday that the joint command of the Gaza-based terror groups said that none of them had fired the rocket, which landed in an open area causing no damage. The rocket firing was attributed to a rogue operation.

The command consists of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the most prominent Gaza-based terror groups, as well as a number of smaller organizations.

Israel is concerned that Hamas will escalate violence in advance of March 30, when the terror group hopes to get thousands of rioters to the border with Israel to commemorate the first anniversary of the so-called Great March of Return. The march has really been a series of violent Hamas-led riots. An IDF investigation last month found that during the 11 months since the march began, 1,300 rockets had been fired into Israel, often after the riots.

[Photo: Israel Defense Forces / Twitter ]