A three-week old girl sustained head injuries as she was rushed to a bomb shelter in southern Israel on Thursday. The baby’s mother who fell was also hospitalised with light injuries.

The newborn was listed in moderate condition at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva.

Two rockets fired from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. The third landed in an open area.

Israeli aircraft carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early Friday in response to the rocket attack.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that warplanes and other aircraft carried out attacks on a “wide array of targets belonging to the Hamas terror group. … constituting a real blow to Hamas’s abilities to build up [its forces].”

The military said the strikes, the second round in two hours, were in response to rocket fire Thursday night, as well as balloons with explosives attached being sent over the border and sniper fire on an IDF watchpost on Thursday.

The army said among the targets hit was an underground facility used to manufacture weapons. The army in the past has been criticised for carrying out mostly impotent retaliatory strikes seemingly designed to display force while minimising casualties to keep violence from snowballing. No injuries were reported as a result of the strikes.

On Wednesday night a mortar was fired from Gaza at Israel, prompting retaliatory airstrikes.

On Wednesday evening, the military announced it was deploying additional troops to the Gaza border and West Bank amid concerns that Palestinians may respond violently to the peace plan, which was released on Tuesday.

Source: Times of Israel
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