Air raid sirens were activated in several communities near the Gaza Strip, following an Israel Defense Forces airstrike on Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket launch sites in Gaza earlier this afternoon.
Sirens were activated in the vicinity of Sderot and Ashkelon in southern Israel. Multiple interceptions by the Iron Dome missile defense system were reported.
Videos of the interceptions near Sderot were uploaded to social media.
The IDF announced they are "targeting rocket and mortar shell launch sites belonging to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Gaza at the moment."
This is a breaking news story and will be updated over time.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.