Israeli Army: Rocket Fired from Gaza into Southern Israel

Gaza, Occupied Territories (IMEMC) – A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on Friday, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.

The spokesperson told Ma’an News Agency that the rocket landed adjacent to an empty bus, causing moderate damage to the vehicle. No injuries were reported in the attack.

No group has taken responsibility for the rocket fire, but the Israeli government holds Hamas, as the elected ruling party, responsible for any activity within the enclave.

Earlier today, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinians who had approached near the border fence north of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces fired two rockets at an al-Qassam Brigades military site known as Falasteen, causing damages. However, no injuries were reported.

Israeli forces said the attack was in response to alleged sniper fire from the Gaza Strip, which hit a house in the Netiv Hatsra neighborhood, adjacent to the besieged territory, also causing no injuries.

Some sporadic rocket fire towards Israel from Gaza, in recent months, has been claimed by a small extremist groups in the strip allegedly aiming to challenge Hamas’ rule.

Hamas has denied involvement in past attacks, and has attempted to vamp down on armed activity by smaller political groups reportedly growing more active.

Last month, Israeli forces injured four Palestinians during a bombing near Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The airstrikes were in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza, which caused no damage or injuries.

The four people injured were the first injuries reported from airstrikes in the Gaza Strip since Israel’s 2014 offensive in which more than 2,200 people were killed and many more wounded in the 139 square mile strip.

Over 35,000 meters of water and sewage pipelines were damaged or destroyed during the 2014 offensive, leaving 120,000 Gazans without access to the water network.

Palestinian Flag Image Source: Nicolas Raymond, Flickr, Creative Commons

Palestinian Flag
Image Source: Nicolas Raymond, Flickr, Creative Commons

At least 11 schools and universities were totally destroyed, with 253 severely damaged, as well as over 81 hospitals and clinics which were also damaged or destroyed.

This report prepared by IMEMC.