Rocket Explodes in Israel's South, Near Gaza Border

Sirens did not go off as the blast took place far from residential areas; Salafist group takes responsibility for rocket fire.

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An Israeli police explosives expert holds the remains of a rocket fired from Gaza in Israel's south, July 7, 2014.
An Israeli police explosives expert holds the remains of a rocket fired from Gaza in Israel's south, July 7, 2014.Credit: Reuters
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

A rocket exploded on Friday after landing near Kibbutz Re'im in southern Israel, close to the Gaza border, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Rocket sirens did not sound as the blast didn't take place close enough to a residential area. The exact location of the blast has yet to be identified.

Two other rockets exploded on the other side of the border.

A Salafi jihadist group in the Gaza Strip, named "The Grandsons of the Companions of the Prophet," took responsibility for the rocket fire, saying it was "the first response by Salafist jihadists to Jewish attacks against Al-Aqsa," AFP reported.

In July, police forces stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem during clashes with dozens of Palestinian youths who barricaded themselves inside the mosque. An unknown number of officers were wounded, and three East Jerusalem residents were arrested for allegedly throwing rocks at Border Police.

This past Saturday, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. According to IDF officials, the two projectiles evidently exploded near the northern Gaza border. One exploded within Israeli territory. No casualties were immediately reported.

On July 16, Israeli planes struck Gaza terror targets after a rocket that was fired from the Strip landed in an open area near the city of Ashkelon.

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