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Gaza rocket hits factory in southern Israel, causing fire

June 28, 2014 8:48 A.M. (Updated: June 30, 2014 1:45 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel Saturday evening, one of them hitting a factory and causing a fire, Israeli media and the Israeli army said.

"At least 2 rockets hit the city of Sderot in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional council. The rockets hit an industrial factory causing a fire," the army said in a statement.

"Rescue and emergency teams are on the site," the statement said.

Israeli media said that no injuries were immediately reported.

Another rocket fell in an open area near the city, without causing any damages or injuries, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Later, two more rockets from Gaza fell in Sdot Negev Regional Council, without causing injuries or damage, Ynet said.

Earlier on Saturday, Israel's army launched airstrikes on southern and central Gaza after projectiles launched from the Strip hit open areas in southern Israel.

Airstrikes hit a Palestinian militant base, an abandoned Israeli settlement, and open areas near refugee camps in Gaza, locals said.

Israel had on Friday killed two Palestinians and injured two others when its air force bombed a car traveling near al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City.

The killing was the first targeted assassination by Israel since the formation of the Palestinian national unity government at the beginning of June.

The two were affiliated with the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees. The PRC is a Gaza-based militant group that opposes negotiations with Israel and frequently fires rockets from Gaza.

Israel's army said it targeted the "terror operatives" due to their involvement in launching rockets at Israel over the past week. Both men were planning further attacks against Israel, it added.

The strike came amid increased tensions in the region as an Israeli military campaign across the West Bank entered its second week.

The campaign, the largest deployment in the West Bank since the early 2000s, has left eight Palestinians dead, more than 130 wounded, and more than 560 detained.

It has included near-nightly airstrikes on Gaza as Israeli forces pound the besieged enclave in response to rocket attacks by militants angry about the West Bank offensive.
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