Five rockets fired from Gaza explode in southern Israel
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Five rockets fired from Gaza explode in southern Israel

Two Kassams strike near Sderot, three others fall near Netivot; no injuries or damage reported

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

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 Kassam rockets fired by terrorists from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night landed near the southern Israeli town of Sderot, while three Grad rockets fell outside the nearby town of Netivot.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, a rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip landed in the Eshkol region, causing no injuries or damage.

Tuesday evening’s attack followed a barrage of 55 rockets and mortars that fell on southern Israel on Monday morning. Most fell in open areas, causing no damage, although one rocket, also fired into the Eshkol region, hit a petting zoo and caused the death of two goats.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for the Monday attacks, which it said were in retaliation for a Sunday IAF airstrike that had killed one operative and wounded another, along with several civilians. The IDF claimed the men were senior Hamas operatives planning an attack.

Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad on Tuesday warned Israel against invading the Gaza Strip. Abu Ahmad’s statement came in response to the publication of a report in Israeli daily Maariv in which Israeli security sources said a ground invasion of the Hamas-controlled region was an expected reaction to Monday’s rocket barrage.

“It seems the [Israeli] occupation has misinterpreted the resistance’ quietness, but the Zionists should be aware that we can trouble them and terrify them every time and in every place,” the Al-Quds Brigades spokesman said in a statement.

Gaza-based terrorists have fired over 500 rockets and mortars at nearby Israeli towns and kibbutzim since the beginning of 2012.

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