IDF: Rocket launched from Gaza at south, causes no injuries
A rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at a town in southern Israel on Saturday evening, the military said.
Sirens sounded in the town of Nahal Oz, near the Palestinian border, shortly before 7 p.m.
The Israeli Defense Forces said the rocket landed in an open field, causing no damage or injuries.
The IDF also said the iron dome air defense system was not used because the missile was predicted to land in an unpopulated area.
There were no special instructions for residents after the rocket fire.
The attack came after four Palestinians, at least two of whom were members of terrorist groups, were shot dead on Thursday by undercover Israeli forces during a daytime raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.
The operation targeted Yusuf Shreim, 29, a member of the military wing of the Hamas terrorist group, and Nidal Khazem, 28, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
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Islamic Jihad vowed to respond to what it called a “cowardly assassination”.
Over the past year, groups based in Gaza – notably Islamic Jihad – have repeatedly fired rockets at Israel in response to members killed or captured in the West Bank.
The military was expected to respond to the rocket attack on Saturday.
Last week, a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip in response to a deadly Israeli raid on the West Bank landed on Israeli territory near the border security barrier. Several hours later, Palestinians set off an explosive device near troops operating on the border.
There was no response to the rocket attack, but the IDF hit a Hamas observation post after the border bombardment.
Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have been high for the past year, with the IDF conducting almost nightly raids on the West Bank amid a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Palestine. Those tensions have escalated further in recent weeks, with a cycle of deadly Israeli raids and Palestinian revenge attacks, as well as an uptick in settler violence.
Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank in recent months have left 14 Israelis dead and many others injured.
At least 85 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year, most of them in attacks or during clashes with security forces, but some were unrelated civilians and others were killed under circumstances that are being investigated.