Gaza rocket strikes southern Israel; no injuries or damage
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Gaza rocket strikes southern Israel; no injuries or damage

Residents of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council report hearing a loud 'boom'; IDF troops launch search of the area

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A masked Hamas member carries a model of a rocket during a rally in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
A masked Hamas member carries a model of a rocket during a rally in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on December 12, 2014. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Sunday night, as air-raid sirens sounded in multiple communities in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, the IDF said.

Residents of Sha’ar HaNegev, a group of communities bordering the Gaza Strip, said they heard a loud “boom,” but no injuries or damage were reported.

The Israel Defense Forces said that the rocket had landed in an open area. Israeli troops were searching the area, the army said.

Last month, a rocket fired from Gaza also struck an open field in the Sha’ar Hanegev area. In response, the Israeli Air Force struck multiple Hamas outposts in the Strip.

The rocket strike comes as Hamas demands the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails in exchange for information on the fate of two IDF soldiers declared killed in action during last summer’s Gaza war.

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