Gaza Rocket Explodes in Southern Israel


IDF locates remnant of rocket fired from Gaza early Sunday morning in an open field, having presumed earlier it had exploded mid-air.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli army announced on Sunday afternoon that a rocket fired from Gaza in the early hours of the morning, had not exploded in mid-air as previously thought, but in fact landed in an open field inside Israel. No injuries or damage were reported.

Border Policeman retrieving remnants of exploded rocket – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Typically, the Israel Defense Forces respond to rocket fire from the Strip, controlled by the Islamist Hamas group, with retaliatory fire from the ground or air.

Israel considers Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza, although other violent groups active in the territory are often behind the launches.

Tensions have skyrocketed in the past week over Israel’s installation of security checks on the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif holy site in Jerusalem.

Hamas praised a Palestinian youth who stabbed to death three people in a terror attack on Friday.

Israel arrested 25 members of Hamas, including senior officials, in a series of overnight raids, it was announced on Sunday.


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