Gaza Rocket Explodes in Northern Negev

No casualties or damage reported; rocket siren, explosions heard in Ashkelon.

A rocket from Gaza exploded between two towns in Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday night. No casualties and no damage were reported.

Two more rocket attacks were reported on Thursday. Another rocket exploded in an open area near Ashkelon on Thursday evening and a third one exploded in the area earlier that day.

A rocket alert siren was heard in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon's industrial zone Thursday night, and residents also reported hearing at least one strong blast.

The army still hasn't confirmed whether a rocket exploded. Security forces are combing the area for signs of an explosion.

Earlier Thursday, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council reported that the Iron Dome missile defense system had intercepted a grad rocket fired toward Ashkelon, but the Israel Defense Forces denied this.  

At around 2:00 P.M. Thursday, a rocket exploded in an open field in the area, and a rocket alert siren was heard in towns in the regional council. No damage or injuries were reported in either case.   

On Friday, Iron Dome intercepted a rocket fired from Sinai toward Eilat. Al-Qaida affiliated militant organization, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem) took responsibility for the Eilat rocket attack.  

The Sinai rocket came in response to Israel Air Force jets strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip early Friday morning. The IAF strikes came hours after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.

Last Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot and injured a man who tried to infiltrate an Iron Dome anti-missile battery located in Eilat.