Several other Incoming rocket sirens have gone off in past few minutes in southern #Israel. Video shows at least 7 projectiles launched from #Hamas-run #GazaStrip with several intercepted by the Iron dome pic.twitter.com/Gu5uNkjxWw— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) March 25, 2018
The event comes as Hamas’s armed wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, carried out a military exercise throughout the Gaza Strip on Sunday.A source in Hamas told the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad that the drill is slated to end on Monday morning and a prominent member of Hamas told the newspaper it was meant to “mock defensive action.”Eyewitnesses told Al-Ghad that the Kassam Brigades test-fired two missiles into the Mediterranean Sea and operated two drones.While there was no rocket barrage, tensions have been rising along the Gaza border as Palestinians are set to commemorate Land Day at the end of the week, with thousands of Gazans expected to set up several “tent-cities” as close as they can to the border fence and to remain there until "Nakba Day," on May 15th, as a form of peaceful resistance.The rocket fire also comes after several incidents of improvised explosive devices planted along the Gaza border fence, with one seriously injuring four Israeli soldiers in February. On Saturday, four Palestinians infiltrated Israel, causing minor damage to an engineering vehicle building Israel’s underground barrier with the Hamas-run enclave.In a statement released earlier on Sunday, the IDF "warned of any incidents in which civilians are called to hold 'protests' used as cover to damage security infrastructure and to attempt to hurt Israeli citizens or IDF soldiers."Abu Obeida, a spokesman for the Kassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, denied to the Hamas-linked al-Risala that any rockets were fired at Israel.Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.