Palestinians fire rocket at southern Israel
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Palestinians fire rocket at southern Israel

Explosion reported in area bordering Gaza; no initial reports of injuries or damage

An Iron Dome missile defense battery near the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Thursday, December 26, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)
An Iron Dome missile defense battery near the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Thursday, December 26, 2013 (photo credit: Flash90)

A red alert resounded in the Eshkol regional council early Thursday night, an area adjacent to the Gaza strip that has seen many rocket attacks.

The rocket fell in an open field, causing neither casualties or damage.

Late Wednesday night, a Kassam rocket was fired from Gaza and slammed into an open area near Ashkelon. There were no injuries and no damage in that attack either, officials said.

In recent days, the area has seen heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians with a string of attacks against Israeli civilians, police officers and soldiers, and Israeli retaliatory strikes in Gaza.

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