A missile strike was reported in the central Gaza Strip by locals on social media early Wednesday morning, but turned out to be the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) destroying a suspicious object in a supposed controlled detonation.
Initial reports suggested a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft had struck empty land east of Deir al-Balah, a town in central Gaza. However, subsequent reports claim the explosion came from the controlled detonation of an object by the IDF.
That attack happened at the same time as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was signing an agreement with the leaders of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC, in which the two Gulf Arab states extended diplomatic recognition to Israel. Palestinian leaders have called the deal a “betrayal,” as they are just the third and fourth Arab states to recognize Israel’s existence since its foundation in 1948.
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