Israeli jets conducted retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on the morning (local time) of Thursday, June 13, following a cross-border rocket attack. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), an underground Hamas compound in southern Gaza was destroyed in the strike. The retaliatory airstrike was carried out after a rocket was fired from Gaza into the Eshkol Regional Council at approximately 00:10, where it was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Further Gazan missile launches targeting Israel are possible over the coming hours, as well as Israeli military reprisals on suspected Gazan militant installations.
In general, rocket fire and strikes between Israel and the Gaza Strip have intensified since early December 2017. Hundreds of rockets and mortars have been fired from the Gaza Strip, often followed by retaliatory Israeli airstrikes.
Individuals present in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation and seek immediate shelter in the event of a rocket attack.
Due to the underlying terrorist threat, travelers in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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