A rocket exploded Wednesday night in an open area near the Gaza border in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. Rocket sirens did not sound and there were no reports of damage or injuries in the incident.
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The IDF later said that it had hit two Hamas-affiliated targets in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the earlier rocket fire.
Three weeks ago, a rocket was fired at Gaza border communities just after midnight. The rocket was found, having exploded in an open area and caused no damage or injuries. The Israeli Air Force retaliated with two airstrikes on Hamas positions in the south of the Gaza Strip.
At the beginning of the month, after Israel uncovered tunnels running beneath the Gaza border, five mortar shells were fired at Israeli troops near the south of the Gaza Strip. None of the incidents caused injuries while Israeli tanks fired at the source of the mortar fire in retaliation and the air force also struck four targets in the area.
Palestinians reported that a 53-year-old woman was killed in the Israeli retaliation.
One day later, another mortar shell was fired at Israeli troops along the border, though no injury or damage was caused. In response to the attack, Israel launched airstrikes against Hamas targets while local reports said that a lookout point manned by Islamic Jihad was also hit.