Missiles intercept rockets
Missiles intercept rocketsNoam Revkin Fenton/Flash 90

Gaza-based terrorists fired two rockets towards southern Israel on Wednesday evening, as local residents were celebrating the Passover Seder with their families.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory. One launch failed and fell in the Gaza Strip and the other fell in the area of the security fence.

“Following the launches, an alert was activated in the Home Front Command app for open areas only,” the IDF said.

Overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, terrorists from the Gaza Strip fired 16 rockets towards Israel, prompting the IDF to retaliate with strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

The city of Sderot said one of the rockets that were fired landed near a factory. There were no injuries, but the factory sustained damage.

The sirens followed violent clashes that broke out at Al-Aqsa Mosque, during an attempt by police officers to evacuate Muslim worshipers who were holed up in the mosque.

The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization said that it is closely monitoring what is happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Muslim worshipers who were in the mosque called on the Al-Qassam Brigades to launch rockets towards Israel in response to the incident.

Last month, terrorists fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip which exploded in Gazan territory.

The rocket was fired hours after IDF, Yamam, and Shin Bet forces eliminated four terrorists in Jenin, including Abd al-Fattah Hussein Ibrahim Gharusha, the terrorist who murdered Hallel and Yagel Yaniv in Huwara.

(Israel National News' North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Passover in New York. The time posted automatically on all Israel National News articles, however, is Israeli time.)