Kassam hits southern Israel
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Kassam hits southern Israel

Sirens wail on Sukkot; police find exploded rocket in agricultural area; no injuries or damage reported

A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Sderot, last year (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90/File)
A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Sderot, last year (photo credit: Edi Israel/Flash90/File)

Warning sirens sounded in southern Israel overnight Wednesday — the first night of the Sukkot festival — as a Kassam rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip.

Residents south of Ashkelon reported hearing a blast just before 2 a.m. local time.

Officials initially suspected that the rocket had landed inside Gazan territory, but police forces found the exploded Kassam with daylight in an agricultural area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage reported.

Rocket fire from the Strip has been sporadic since an 8-day Israeli military campaign in November, which aimed to stop years of constant attacks on Israel’s south.

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