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A Qassam rocket fired by Palestinian militants hit a cemetery in the Negev town of Sderot on Thursday evening, causing no damage and no injuries.

According to Israel Radio, the missile was probably fired from the Beit Hanun area of the northern Gaza Strip.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said the incident was "severe" and added that Israel would not let it pass. Mofaz asserted there is an unbearable gap between the Palestinian Authority's declarations and the actual steps it takes on the ground in order to prevent terror. Mofaz demanded that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas do all he could to prevent further missile attacks.

This is the first time that one of the home-made rockets has been fired inside the Green Line since late January, several weeks before the cease-fire announced by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in early February.

The area was the frequent target of Qassam fire from the Gaza Strip during more than four years of violence.

In March, Abbas secured an agreement from the militant groups to abide by a conditional truce until the end of 2005.