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7 Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

April 21, 2014 10:02 A.M. (Updated: April 22, 2014 10:15 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel early Monday, Israel's military said.

An Israeli army spokesman told Ma'an that three rockets landed in the Shaar HaNegev regional council and two landed in Sderot, with no reports of damage or injuries.

A further two rockets landed in the Eshkol regional council.

An anti-tank missile was also fired at Israeli soldiers patrolling a border area in the southern Gaza Strip, the spokesman added, with no reports of injuries or damage.

Although Hamas -- which runs the Gaza Strip -- and Israel have maintained a fragile ceasefire since Nov. 2012, militant groups in the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave frequently launch rockets into Israel.

The majority of these attacks, which primarily involve homemade projectiles, land harmlessly in open areas across southern Israel.

Israel has maintained a severe economic blockade on the Gaza Strip's 1.7 million residents since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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