Israel conducted airstrikes on four targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a rocket launch from the Palestinian side, the press service of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces successfully intercepted a rocket launched from Gaza at the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said on Twitter.
“In response, the Israeli Air Force attacked four terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF statement reads.
The latest exchange of blows took place immediately prior to a speech by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly. It is expected that the Palestinian flag will be raised today at the UN headquarters in New York, where a meeting of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators is scheduled to be held.