Israel Responds to Gaza Rocket Fire, Targeting Hamas in Southern Strip

No damage or casualties reported after rocket hits southern Israel; previous rocket fire was last month.

An Aug. 21, 2014 file photo of a light trail made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area near the border on Sunday evening. No damage or casualties were reported. The Israeli air force hit Hamas affiliated targets in southern Gaza in response to the rocket fire, the army said in a statement issued early Monday.

The rocket explosion was preceded by sirens in Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils. 

This was the sixth time rockets or mortar shells have been fired from Gaza at Israel since the ongoing terror wave started in October. The most recent incident was two weeks ago, when a rocket was fired at Sha'ar Hanegev. The attack was followed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

In late September, a few days before the terror wave started, an Iron Dome missile defense battery intercepted a Grad rocket fired at Ashdod, the first such incident since the 2014 war with Gaza. 

Earlier on Sunday, six Israelis were wounded in stabbings and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank. Three were seriously wounded.