JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Israel is massing troops along the Gaza border for a major ground offensive in Gaza. Meanwhile, for the first time since the beginning of hostilities a rocket was fired from Lebanon into Metula, a Israeli town on the Lebanese border.
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Rocket from Lebanon strikes near Metula
A rocket fired from Lebanon exploded early Friday morning in an open are near Metula, Israel's most northern town sitting on the Lebanese border. The rocket is the first to be fired from Israel's northern neighbor since the beginning of increasing tensions with Gaza where Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been launched hunderds of rockets, including long-range missiles, bring most of Israel within their range.
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Hamas tells Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings
Gaza's Interior Ministry called on residents to ignore the IDF's "knock on the roof" procedure – wherein the Israeli military fires a small round to signal residents to evacuate their homes before a strike.
"We call on the people to not cooperate with these messages, not leave their homes, and continue their lives."