Gaza Rocket Attack disrupts local Holocaust memorial ceremony

Israel closes Gaza border after Gaza rockets hit south. No injuries reported. Last week Israel retaliated for another barrage with airstrikes. 

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff

Israel shut a crossing with the Gaza Strip on Monday, a day after rockets that were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory forced Israelis to run for cover in the middle of a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

Terrorists prepare to launch rockets from the Gaza Strip.- Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari

Israeli TV showed footage of the ceremony in southern Israel suddenly being interrupted by the sound of a Color Red alert of an incoming rocket, just as a musical performance got underway.

No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the attack, police said. According to Army Radio, only one rocket landed in Israeli territory, in the Shaar Hanegev regional council. The Israel Defense Forces said it closed the Kerem Shalom crossing at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip. Another crossing would be open for humanitarian cases only, it said.

Last week Israel attacked the Gaza Strip after Hamas fired rockets on Israel. The two sides have largely abided by the cease-fire reached at the end of Operation Pillar of Defense in November, although last week, in the face of a growing number of rocket fire incidents, Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for the first time this year.

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