At least four rockets fired from Gaza hours after Biden left Israel

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At least four rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip just after midnight on Saturday, the Israeli military said. President Joe Biden remains in the region.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the missile attack with a series of tweets, including a video showing the moment the IDF’s missile defense system fired a single missile from the air.

“Sirens sound in the south of Israel,” read the initial tweet.

Fires are seen after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on July 16, 2022.  - Israeli warplanes attacked a weapons factory in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of July 16, the military said, following a rocket attack on Israeli territory.  (Photo by Mahmoud HAMSA/AFP)

Fires are seen after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on July 16, 2022. – Israeli warplanes attacked a weapons factory in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of July 16, the military said, following a rocket attack on Israeli territory. (Photo by Mahmoud HAMSA/AFP)
(Photo by MAHMOUD KHAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

In a subsequent tweet, the IDF said it had responded to the rocket fire by striking at a Hamas missile manufacturing facility.

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“In response to the rocket attack from Gaza to Israel “Tonight, we struck one of Hamas’ most significant missile manufacturing facilities in Gaza,” the IDF said.

Rocket sirens were heard in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, according to the Times of Israel.

The IDF added: “We will continue to protect Israeli civilians from Hamas terrorism.”

The IDF later announced that a total of four rockets had been fired at Israel.

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No terrorist group in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip has claimed responsibility for the attack. Similar rocket attacks occurred in 2020, when Israel signed a peace deal with the UAE and Bahrain, according to the Times of Israel.

Fires are seen after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on July 16, 2022.

Fires are seen after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on July 16, 2022.
(Photo by MAHMOUD KHAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

The missiles were fired hours after President Biden visited Israel and the West Bank, and shortly after he announced the Israel deal and Saudi Arabia.

“At the end of this meeting, both sides released this communiqué outlining the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States for the coming decades to advance their mutual interests and promote a common vision for a more peaceful, secure, prosperous and stable Middle East,” the White House said.

Biden spent three days in Israel before heading to Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The president arrived in Jeddah Friday before noon ET at King Abdulaziz International Airport as he became the first US president to fly direct from Israel to Saudi Arabia.

US President Joe Biden leaves the room after speaking to reporters after a working meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, July 15, 2022.  (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)

US President Joe Biden leaves the room after speaking to reporters after a working meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, July 15, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The President flew out of the airport to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Said at the Al Salam Royal Palace. Biden and his team also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi ministers.

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Biden will remain in Saudi Arabia for another day as he holds meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Qadimi, Egyptian President El Sisi and Saudi President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. United Arab Emirates.