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Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel

Nov. 23, 2015 9:58 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2015 3:20 P.M.)
A picture taken from the southern Israeli city of Sderot shows rockets being fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, on July 13, 2014.(AFP)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Monday, with no injuries reported, Israel's army said.

A spokesperson told Ma'an that the rocket was launched at 6:30 a.m. and landed in an open area of the Eshkol regional council.

Israeli forces are currently searching the area. No political group in Gaza has claimed responsibility.

Last Wednesday, Israeli forces launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the besieged strip exploded near the border fence.

Local sources told Ma’an that the strikes targeted two locations in western Gaza City used for training by Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, causing material damages to nearby homes.

Sporadic rocket fire has come from the Gaza Strip this year and has been met with retaliatory Israeli attacks, with the military making at least 49 incursions into the enclave since the start of 2015, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Last month an Israeli airstrike killed a two-year-old Palestinian and her pregnant mother inside their home.

The Israeli army said at the time the strikes targeted "two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities in the northern Gaza Strip," and made no mention of hitting civilian homes.

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