Two mortar shells from Gaza hit western Negev
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Two mortar shells from Gaza hit western Negev

No damage or injuries reported in incident Sunday afternoon

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of two Kassam rockets heading toward Israel shortly after they are fired by Palestinians in Gaza. (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90/File)
Illustrative photo of two Kassam rockets heading toward Israel shortly after they are fired by Palestinians in Gaza. (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90/File)

Two mortar shells from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel Sunday afternoon, the Israeli military said. There were no injuries or damage.

The shells fell at 1:30 p.m. in an open area in the Eshkol region in the western Negev.

Rocket fire from Gaza has mostly stemmed since an Israeli military offensive in November 2012 meant to stop near daily missile launches.

There are still sporadic rocket shootings, sometimes presented as responses to Israel Defense Forces action.

Last Monday, soldiers discovered a roadside bomb positioned along the border with the Gaza Strip and safely disposed of the device. No injuries or damage were caused in the incident.

That incident came a week after the IDF discovered and detonated a Hamas-built tunnel running east from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The tunnel was a recently discovered part of an excavation that was first revealed in November 2012, and contained several barrels of explosives.

Also last week, the army killed a suspected terrorist during a shootout in the West Bank. Islamic Jihad, which often shoots rockets out of the Strip, claimed Mohammed Aazi was a member of its organization.

Israel said he planned a Tel Aviv bus bombing last November that left over 20 people injured.

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