Report: Projectile fired at Israel lands in Gaza territory

No injuries or damage reported in incident; small Salafi group claims responsibility for attack

Illustrative: Israeli forces next to the security fence on the border between Israel and southern Gaza Strip. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Illustrative: Israeli forces next to the security fence on the border between Israel and southern Gaza Strip. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A projectile launched from the central Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis landed on the Palestinian side of the security fence separating the Hamas-ruled enclave from Israel, Palestinian media reported Friday.

Some reports said that a rocket was fired, while other reports maintained it was a mortar shell.

No damage or injuries were reported in the incident.

The small Salafi group Ajnad Bayt al-Maqdis claimed on Twitter that it had fired two Katyusha rockets at the Israeli border town of Sderot. This was the third attack the group has claimed this week. It had also claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on Sunday and Monday.

The uptick in rocket attacks follows a recent crackdown by Hamas on Salafi militants groups in the Strip.

On Wednesday, the Israeli air force attacked two Hamas targets in Gaza, hours after terrorists in the Strip fired a rocket into Israel from the territory.

Palestinian media reported that a second rocket fired towards Israel exploded inside Gaza territory.

Walla News said a small group with ties to the Islamic State, the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed responsibility for that attack.

The IDF said in a statement that it held Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for keeping the peace in Gaza.

There were no reports of injuries or damage in the Wednesday rocket attack, which was not preceded by a warning siren. Reports suggested the rocket hit an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council bordering the Gaza Strip.

Tensions have risen along the border recently after Israel’s discovery and destruction of two attack tunnels dug by Hamas inside Israeli territory. The operations to destroy the second tunnel sparked some clashes with Hamas, who fired mortars at the troops. A few IDF engineering vehicles were damaged in the attacks, but no Israeli soldiers were injured.

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