Rocket ‘fired from Gaza’ hits southern Israel

In this Aug. 9, 2014 file photo, a rocket is fired from Gaza City towards Israel.

In this Aug. 9, 2014 file photo, a rocket is fired from Gaza City towards Israel.


A rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hit an open field in southern Israel on Monday morning, the Israeli army said in a statement.

“No injuries have been reported,” it added.

A military spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse (AFP) no air raid sirens had sounded since the rocket was seen heading to an uninhabited area.

Extremist militants claiming links to ISIS said they were behind recent rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all such incidents.

The Islamist Hamas organization runs Gaza and has been involved in three large-scale conflicts with Israel since 2008, including last summer’s devastating conflict that left more than 100,000 Palestinians homeless and killed more than 2,200.

Monday’s attack comes after a near two-month wave of violence in Israel and the West Bank, accompanied by weekly riots on the Gaza border which often result in Palestinian casualties.


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