Palestinians fire rocket from Gaza; landing site unclear
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Palestinians fire rocket from Gaza; landing site unclear

Air raid sirens stay silent as projectile lands in area of border fence; no injuries or damage reported

A photo from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border shows a smoke trail of rockets being fired by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip into Israel, August 22, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)
A photo from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border shows a smoke trail of rockets being fired by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip into Israel, August 22, 2014. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip at Israel on Tuesday evening. The rocket landed in the area of the border fence separating the Palestinian enclave from the Jewish state, although it is unclear whether it landed inside Gaza or Israel.

There were no reports of injuries or damage, and Israeli rocket alert sirens were not activated.

Earlier in the day, an errant launch of the Iron Dome missile defense system triggered air raid sirens in communities bordering Gaza, sending residents running for their air raid shelters.

The IDF confirmed that there had not been rocket fire from Gaza at the time, but did not provide further details as to what caused the incident.

Channel 2 television reported that the Iron Dome’s system had misidentified bullets from light weapons fired in Gaza as a rocket heading toward Israel.

The Iron Dome interceptor streaked across the sky before exploding harmlessly in midair.

Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, launched a rocket from northern Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea last week, in what Israel believes was likely a test of the group’s rockets rather than an attempt to hit Israeli territory.

The missile was probably fired during an exercise by Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Walla news site reported at the time.

The Gaza border region has suffered sporadic rocket fire recently, much of it emanating from Salafist groups within the Palestinian enclave challenging Hamas rule.

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