Rocket launched from Gaza Strip hits Negev

Fragments of projectile found in Eshkol Regional Council hours after explosion; no casualties or damage

A rocket launched by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip exploded in the Negev on Monday morning, but did not cause any casualties or damage.

The fragments of the projectile, which exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council, were found on Monday evening.

The incident comes amid several weeks of renewed violence along the border.

On Friday, the Israeli Air Force struck four targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a rocket fired Thursday from Gaza at the western Negev region. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Also on Friday, a teenager shot by Israeli troops in Gaza died of his wounds, according to Palestinian medical sources.

The 16-year-old died from gunshot wounds sustained Thursday after he and several other Palestinians approached the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip and tried to damage it, according to Israeli reports.

Last week, the IAF struck targets in Gaza after several rockets hit Israeli territory, landing in open areas.

Last Tuesday, a Defense Ministry civilian worker was killed by sniper fire from the Gaza Strip, prompting retaliatory attacks by the IAF which, Palestinian media reported, killed a Palestinian toddler and her father.

In the wake of the violence, the IDF briefly closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing with the Gaza Strip to all commercial traffic.

Following last week’s escalation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel considers Hamas responsible for the recent attacks emanating from Gaza and will make the terror group face the consequences.

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