A Qassam rocket that struck a factory in Sderot, southern Israel in June.
A Qassam rocket Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz
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A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field in the Shaar Hanegv regional council in southern Israel on Monday evening.

The rocket alert in the area did not sound prior to the attack. There were no injuries or damages.

Rockets struck the south last Wednesday and Thursday as well, prompting the Israel Defense Forces to carry out retaliatory attacks.

Amid the rising tensions, the IDF deployed Iron Dome air defense systems in the vicinity of Sderot and Be'er Sheva last Wednesday.

The rocket fire was the latest in a series of violent events that have transpired between Israel and the Hamas-controlled enclave.

Also last week, Palestinians opened fire over the border fence near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, killing an Israeli contract worker, employed by the Defense Ministry. Salah Abu Latif, a 22-year-old from Rahat, was struck in the chest by a single bullet while carrying out infrastructure work near the Strip together with a military unit.

In response to the shooting, the Israeli army attacked six targets in the Gaza Strip allegedly linked to the Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, using air force, infantry and armored units.

A three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in one of the attacks and six others were injured, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.