Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel

Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel

1 min read
09 August, 2017
The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an open area outside the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage.
Israel usually retaliates with airstrikes on all rocket fire from Gaza [Getty file-photo]
The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an open area outside the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage.

Moments earlier on Tuesday air raid sirens sounded in areas of southern Israel bordering the Palestinian enclave.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket launch.

Israel has seen occasional rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in the three years since its last war with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Most have been claimed by Salafist groups in the territory. But Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza regardless of who carried it out, and usually retaliates within hours.

Israel maintains a tough blockade on Gaza and has fought devastating wars against Hamas as recently as 2014.

Tensions between Israel and Palestine have flared in the past weeks as violence spiralled in Jerusalem following new unilateral Israeli security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound last week.

Israel was forced to back down following pressure from Palestinians and Jordan, which oversees the mosque.