Two rockets fired at Israel land in Gaza Strip
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Two rockets fired at Israel land in Gaza Strip

No reports of injuries or damage as projectiles fall short of the border

Illustrative: A trail of smoke from a rocket as it was launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, August 24, 2014. (Edi Israel/Flash90/File)
Illustrative: A trail of smoke from a rocket as it was launched from the Gaza Strip toward the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, August 24, 2014. (Edi Israel/Flash90/File)

Two rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, falling short of the border and landing in the Palestinian enclave.

There were no reports of damage or injuries, and no immediate claim of responsibility.

Sporadic rocket fire over the past several months has frequently been attributed to struggles inside Gaza between Hamas and Salafist groups that oppose Hamas rule.

The official policy of the Israel Defense Forces is to retaliate to attacks, maintaining that it holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from the Strip. Misfired rockets landing on the Gaza side of the fence do not generally elicit an Israeli response.

Last Saturday night, two rockets fell near the Israel-Gaza border fence. No warning sirens were heard and the military was initially unsure whether the projectiles struck the Israeli or Gazan side of the border.

Hamas on Friday vowed to avenge the death of Ali Saad Dawabsha, the Palestinian toddler who was killed in a terror attack when his West Bank house was firebombed, allegedly by right-wing extremists.

Also on Friday, defense officials predicted that the Gaza terror group might launch rockets against Israel following the attack.

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