Gaza Militants Renew Rocket Fire Toward Israel

Both rockets launched overnight exploded in open fields south of Ashkelon; rocket attacks come hours after IDF strikes targets in Gaza.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip renewed their rocket fire against Israel overnight Sunday.

The first rocket was launched just after midnight and exploded in an open field south of Ashkelon.

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Another was fired a few hours later toward the same area, and struck an open field as well.

There were no injuries or damages reported in either incident.

An Israel Defense Forces aircraft struck targets in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, thwarting an attempt by Islamic Jihad to launch a rocket into Israel. According to Palestinian sources, the strike killed one man.

Saturday's strike came after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into the Ashkelon Regional Council on Friday night, in which no one was wounded.

The IDF reported a direct hit in Saturday's airstrike, on a terrorist cell that was in the final stages of preparing to shoot a missile into Israel using a high-trajectory weapon.

Palestinian sources said one man had been killed in the strike, east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. The sources also said Israeli aircraft shot three missiles into agricultural area within the Gaza Strip. 

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