Rocket Launched Toward Israel From Gaza Falls Inside the Strip

Rocket was launched toward Israel's Negev desert, but failed to reach its target, army says

File Photo: Israeli soldiers and military vehicles on the border with Gaza, March 30, 2019.
\ Eliyahu Hershkovitz

A rocket was fired from Gaza Saturday afternoon toward Israel and fell back within the Strip, according to the Negev Regional Council.

According to Adi Meiri, the spokeswoman of the Negev Regional Council, an Israel Defense Force assessment identified a rocket launched toward Israel that failed to reach its target. No sirens were sounded.

On Friday, an aircraft and a tank attacked two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, the military said. According to the statement, the attack was a response to shooting at Israeli soldiers stationed at the Gaza border. No injuries were reported.

The previous Friday, A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed after being shot in the stomach by live Israeli gunfire during border protests along the border with Gaza, the health ministry in the Strip said.

Eight more Palestinians reportedly sustained gunshot wounds in clashes east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip. 

A week prior, some 10,500 Palestinians gathered along the border east of Gaza City, marching and throwing stones. One Palestinian was seriously injured by live fire and the ministry also reported that 63 demonstrators were wounded, some by live fire.

Israel expanded the approved fishing zone for Gazans to 15 nautical miles (equivalent to 28.8 kilometers from the shoreline) two weeks ago, the maximum fishing range allowed in the Gaza Strip since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. Fishermen in Gaza say the 15-mile range is partial, only applying to waters off the southern part of the Strip.