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Rocket fired from Gaza causes no injury in Israel

The rocket was allegedly fired from Gaza [Getty]

Date of publication: 15 April, 2021

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A rocket landed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday, Israeli authorities claimed, though no casualties were reported.
A rocket reportedly fired from the beseiged Gaza Strip was fired into the southern Israeli city of Sderot, the Israeli army said on Thursday.

The rocket landed in an open area and caused no injuries or damages, according to a spokesman with the Shaar Hanegev local council. 

This year, Israel marked a decade since it deployed the Iron Dome missile defence system that intercepted hundreds of rocket attacks from Gaza and Syria. 

Last month, Israel unveiled a new version of its "Iron Dome" defence shield that it said is capable of intercepting drones, missiles and rockets simultaneously.

Over a decade of siege

In 2006, Israel imposed a land, sea, and air blockade on the strip, effectively turning the coastal enclave into an open-air prison, where basic necessities such as food, fuel and medicines are severely restricted.

Israel insists its blockade is necessary to isolate Hamas, which it has fought three wars since 2008, bringing devastation to the Gaza Strip.

Critics say the blockade, along with a periodic bombardment of Gaza amounts to collective punishment of the coastal enclave's 2 million residents.

In 2014, the UN - along with four other human rights organisations - said that the Gaza Strip could end up becoming 'uninhabitable' because of Israeli policies. The decade-long siege has plunged hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into poverty. 

Read more: Israel's blockade had already crippled Gaza, then came Covid-19

Nearly 70 percent of Gaza's population is food insecure and around 80 percent of Palestinians in the beseiged enclave are reliant on international aid, according to the United Nations.

Out of Gaza's 1.8 million population, 1.4 million are refugees whose ancestors were forced out of their homes in what is now Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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