Rocket hits building in southern Israel

Second projectile lands in open area; no injuries reported

Illustrative photo of a Grad rocket being fired.(Jorge Novominsky/Flash90/File)
Illustrative photo of a Grad rocket being fired.(Jorge Novominsky/Flash90/File)

A rocket fired out of Gaza struck a building in an agricultural community in southern Israel Wednesday night, causing damage but no injuries.

The rocket hit a home in a kibbutz in the Sha’ar HaNegev region outside of Gaza.

A second projectile also launched out of the Palestinian enclave landed in an open area in the same region.

The attack in the most recent of a spate of fire directed at Israeli citizens, many of which drew Israeli retaliatory strikes from the air.

It also comes as tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have ramped up in the wake of the kidnapping of three Israeli teens and the ensuing crackdown on the terror group Hamas, which rules the West Bank as is thought responsible for the abduction.

Overnight Monday, Israeli aircraft struck four “terror activity” sites in the Gaza Strip, following rocket fire into Israel in the evening hours, the IDF spokesperson’s office said in a statement.

The IDF reported direct hits including on “a weapon manufacturing facility in the northern Gaza Strip and two weapon storage facilities in the central and southern Gaza Strip.”

The attack came after a rocket landed in an open field near Ashkelon Monday evening.

On Sunday, Israeli forces positioned an Iron Dome anti-missile battery outside the southern coastal city of Ashdod, in response to an escalation in rocket fire from Gaza over the weekend.

The move came hours after Israeli planes pounded several sites in the Gaza Strip Sunday, in retaliation for rockets fired earlier in the day.

Last Saturday, rockets were fired toward Ashkelon, all of which landed in open fields and did not cause any injuries or damage, and a rocket fired from Gaza damaged a road in the Eshkol region earlier in the month.

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