A rocket fired from the environs of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip landed inside the Hamas-held territory on Thursday night, according to Palestinian media reports.

Alert sirens in Israel were not triggered in the incident as the rocket’s trajectory was apparently not headed toward a populated Israeli area.

The last several weeks have seen a marked uptick in sporadic rocket attacks, mostly attributed to Salafi groups seeking to challenge Hamas’s rule in Gaza, leading to steadily increased tensions.

The last rocket attack occurred on March 1 when a projectile struck an open field south of the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing neither injury nor damage. It was the second such attack that week.

Earlier that week a rocket was launched from Gaza towards the Sha’ar Hanegev region, striking an open field.

Hours later, Israeli Air Force jets bombed multiple targets in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians run for cover as sand and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike on a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

Palestinians run for cover as sand and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike on a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

On Wednesday, Israeli troops dismantled two improvised explosive devices planted along the Gaza border fence. Gazans claimed a man was injured by IDF tank fire in the incident.

Israeli officials have vowed to respond forcefully to any attacks from the Strip, usually targeting posts belonging to the Hamas terror group.

Most rocket attacks since the 2014 war have been carried out by radical Salafist groups, not by Hamas. However, Israel holds Hamas, the Sunni terror group that has ruled the coastal enclave for the past 10 years, as ultimately responsible for any rocket fire emanating from the Gaza Strip.