Two Rockets Fired From Gaza at Israel, One Explodes in House's Front Yard

The other rocket explodes in an open area in southern Israel ■ Number of rockets fired from Gaza at Israel since Trump's Jerusalem speech rises to 18

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The rocket fired from Gaza onto residential property in Ashkelon on Sunday, December 17.
The rocket fired from Gaza onto residential property in Ashkelon on Sunday, December 17.Credit: Israel Police

Two rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel Sunday night, the Israeli military confirmed. One of the rockets exploded in the yard of a residential building in southern Israel's Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, and the other exploded in a nearby open area.

Rocket alarm sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the Gaza border prior to the blasts. Residents of a local community told Haaretz they heard an explosion. 

Rocket alarm sirens also rang around the Ashkelon coast early Monday morning. 

“Tonight, another rocket alarm siren went off in the communities next to Gaza, and this time, a resident’s house was damaged. Thank God, there was no bodily or spiritual harm,” said Tamir Idan, head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

“We expect and demand that the security apparatuses issue a strong response, and clarify to the terrorists that the State of Israeli will not allow the fire to continue. We will not accept a situation in which emergency becomes routine. We must say clearly that we are strong and determined, and that we are in control of security forces,” Idan said.

File photo: A rocket fired from Gaza explodes in Israeli territory.

19 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel since U.S. President Donald Trump’s December 6th announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is the largest number of rockets fired at Israel since Israel’s last offensive with Hamas in the summer of 2014.