Two Rockets Fired From Gaza Failed to Reach Israel, Army Says

Failed launch comes after Palestinian killed in Gaza border clashes with Israeli military ■ Last month, a rocket barrage fired from the Strip exploded within the coastal enclave, wounding seven Palestinians

A young Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli forces across the border amidst clashes following a demonstration along the fence with Israel east of Gaza City on October 4, 2019.

Two rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel on Friday night, both of which failed to reach Israeli territory, the Israeli army said.

A statement from the Eshkol Regional Council on the Gaza border said that although phone apps sent out an alert of a rocket siren in the area, no such siren was activated, and no explosions were heard. The Israel Defense Forces clarified that it identified two launches, which did not cross into Israeli territory. 

Earlier Friday, a Palestinian was killed and 54 wounded in clashes with Israeli forces during weekly border protests east of the northern Gaza city of Jabalia, the health ministry in the Strip reported.

Seven Palestinians were wounded last month in a failed rocket launch, when a barrage fired from the Strip exploded near a house within Gaza. Palestinian eyewitnesses said that two of the three rockets struck outside a home in the southern city of Rafah, and a third fell near the fence separating Israel and the coastal enclave.

Earlier last month, five rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel, one of which ignited a fire in a field near the town of Sderot, after two Palestinian teenagers were killed in clashes during the weekly border protests. In response, Israeli aircraft and a tank targeted several Hamas military positions near the Israeli border in the northern Gaza Strip.