Palestinian militants in Gaza fire rocket at Israel

Published February 8th, 2014 - 06:29 GMT

Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Saturday evening, the Israeli military said, according to Agence France-Presse.

The attack, which took place in northwest of the Negev desert, caused no casualties.

“No damage or injuries were reported” in the latest strike, the Israeli army said in a statement.

On Thursday, three rockets had slammed into open ground in southern Israel, also without causing any casualties.

The Israeli army tends to return such incidents with air strikes on the Gaza Strip, but it has not yet launched any retaliatory attacks.

On Tuesday, Hamas, Gaza’s Islamist rulers, said a 600-strong special security force tasked with preventing cross-border rocket fire had been redeployed.

The Hamas force was deployed to the area on Jan. 21, but it was withdrawn last weekend in protest to four Israeli air strikes on Hamas training camps in the coastal enclave.

While Hamas itself does not routinely fire rockets, Israel says it holds the group, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, responsible for such attacks.


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