A missile alert went off in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning after a rocket was fired out of the Gaza Strip at southern Israel.

There were no reports of injuries or damage and security forces began searching for the impact site, apparently in an open area, Israel Radio reported.

The missile fire was a break in what has been a rare period of calm between Israel and Gaza over the last weeks, with little to no rocket fire.

At the beginning of May, Palestinian gunmen fired at an IDF force on the Gaza border, near the Kissufim border crossing in the central Gaza Strip. The military said no soldiers were injured in the incident and no damage was caused. Soldiers returned fire at the source of the shooting, but did not identify the assailants, the army said.