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Gaza rocket hits Israel, no injuries

Dec. 23, 2013 1:12 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 24, 2013 10:48 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in the early hours of Monday hit a southern Israel community without causing damage or injuries, Israeli police said.

Bomb disposal experts found the "rocket fired from the Gaza Strip" in a community near the city of Ashkelon, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Police said the projectile hit near a school bus stop.

Gaza government spokeswoman Isra Almodallal told Ma'an that Hamas had not confirmed or denied involvement in the incident.

On Sunday, Egyptian security officials told Ma'an that Hamas had fired rockets as part of training that took place throughout the day in Gaza. Some of the rockets fell in Egyptian territorial waters, the officials said.

Over the weekend, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded four others after the army said Palestinians fired a mortar that hit southern Israel, threw stones, and attempted to breach the border.

In a separate incident, a Gazan was wounded by Israeli gunfire after approaching the security fence along the frontier.

Prior to Friday, the last deadly incident in Gaza was on Nov. 1, when four Hamas militants were killed and five Israeli soldiers wounded during an army operation to destroy a tunnel from Gaza into Israel.

Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas, which rules the southern Palestinian enclave, are committed to an Egyptian-brokered truce that ended a major eight-day confrontation in November 2012.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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