The Israeli military said on Saturday that militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into the country's territory but was intercepted. Israeli fighter jets have hit Hamas sites in Gaza in response to rocket firing towards Israel on Friday evening, an Israeli army spokesman said in a social media post.
The sirens were sounded just hours after police captured two individuals from Gaza’s Islamic Jihad group who had escaped from a maximum-security Israeli prison earlier this week. Sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip late on Friday, the Israeli military said.
"The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome Air Defense System," an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement. The rocket attack came about an hour after Israeli security forces captured two Palestinian prisoners who escaped on Monday from a prison. The two are affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a militant group.
Six Palestinian prisoners escaped the Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Monday in a rare jailbreak that prompted a massive manhunt in Israel and the occupied West Bank. The other four are still on the run.
Earlier in May, in a similar incident, More than 260 Palestinians, many of them civilians and children, and 13 Israelis were killed during which Israel carried out relentless air raids across the coastal enclave, prompting Gaza fighters to fire rockets towards Israeli cities.