Gaza rocket strikes field in south as Independence Day comes to a close

No reports of injuries or damage as projectile hits empty area, amid general lull in violence from Strip; IDF strikes Hamas targets in response

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Israelis run for cover as air raid sirens sound in the Israeli city of Sderot on March 12, 2014. (AFP/DAVID BUIMOVITCH)
Illustrative. Israelis run for cover as air raid sirens sound in the Israeli city of Sderot on March 12, 2014. (AFP/DAVID BUIMOVITCH)

Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel on Thursday night, striking an open field, as the country’s Independence Day festivities came to end, according to Israeli authorities.

The projectile struck a field northeast of the Palestinian enclave, causing neither injury nor damage.

The rocket attack triggered sirens in the town of Sderot and the nearby communities of Nir Am and Ibim.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that one rocket was fired from Gaza toward Israel.

A security camera captured the launch of the rocket from the northern Gaza Strip.

Hours after the rocket fire, the Israel Defense Forces said military aircraft struck a number of targets linked to the Hamas terror group, which rules the enclave.

The attack came amid a general lull in violence from the Gaza Strip in recent months, amid a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Last month, a rocket was fired toward Beersheba as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a campaign stop in the southern city during the most recent election.

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