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IDF says rocket launched at Israel from Gaza, falls short

Army reports single projectile fired from the Strip, lands inside the Hamas-run Palestinian territory

A picture taken from the southern Israel-Gaza border shows a rocket being launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Friday, July 11, 2014. (photo credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP)
A picture taken from the southern Israel-Gaza border shows a rocket being launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Friday, July 11, 2014. (photo credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP)

Israeli military electronic systems identified a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip Saturday night, the army said, a rare incident since the end of Operation Protective Edge two months ago.

Military officials said the rocket apparently fell inside the Gaza territory and thus did not trigger warning sirens in the surrounding Israeli communities.

There was no word on who was responsible for the launch.

Last week rocket sirens rang out in several communities on the Gaza border, in what the army later said was a false alarm. The IDF said the alarms did not indicate a rocket attack, but did not say why they were triggered.

There have also been two cases of sporadic rocket fire out of the Strip since the summer conflict.

Last Saturday senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar criticized Israel for allegedly delaying the entry of construction materials into Gaza and warned that if the rehabilitation process in the Palestinian enclave does not speed up and become more efficient, the situation in the Strip may “erupt.”

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