Israel launched airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday in response to a rocket fired from the coastal territory that landed in an open area of the Eshkol Regional Council.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the strikes targeted a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip.

Projectiles other than rockets were also fired from Gaza on Friday, triggering air raid sirens, Ynet reported.

The attacks from Gaza followed the death of a 16-year-old Palestinian on Friday afternoon, who was reportedly shot by Israeli troops during a riot along the Gaza-Israel border.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was investigating the incident, during which it said dozens of rioters had approached the border and attempted to sabotage the fence, throwing explosives at Israeli troops.

Hamas sources reported on Friday that talks with mediators, mainly Egyptian intelligence officials, in an attempt to reach a ceasefire agreement in Gaza, had been ongoing for two days, the report noted.

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