Israel Strikes in Gaza After Rocket Hits South

Gaza rocket explodes in open area, but none injured; Israel responds by hitting Hamas targets in Strip.

An archive photo of a rocket being fired from Gaza.
Ilan Assayag

Israel responded with two aerial attacks on Gaza early Thursday after a rocket fired from the Strip exploded Wednesday evening in an open area near the border.

No casualties or damage were reported from the rocket that hit in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

The Israeli military said overnight that an airstrike had struck two Hamas-affiliated targets in the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation.

The Israeli army said forces were combing the area of the rocket strike. Rocket sirens did not sound in the Gaza border communities because the rocket landed in an uninhabited area.

Two weeks ago, Israeli soldiers sustained gunfire near the border with Gaza. None were hurt in the incident, the army said, but a patrol car was hit. Israel in response struck two Hamas watch posts in northern in Gaza. None were said hurt as a result of the Israeli fire.