Gaza Militants Fire Qassam Rocket Into Western Negev

No damage or injuries as rocket hits open area, violating cease fire between Israel, Hamas launched June 19.

Gaza militants on Saturday fired a rocket into Israel in new violation of a fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the coastal Strip. The rocket struck an open area in the western Negev.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Last Wednesday, while settlers who were evacuated from the Gaza Strip in 2005 staged a rally marking three years since the disengagement, a Qassam rocket hit an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev regional council, also causing no injuries or damage.

There have been several rocket launches from the coastal territory since an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas went into effect on June 19, though such attacks tapered off in recent weeks.

The truce calls on Gaza militants to halt rocket attacks in return for Israel gradually easing an embargo on the territory. Israel tightened its cordon on Gaza after Hamas took control of the territory in June 2006.

Israel has responded to previous rocket attacks by closing border crossings with Gaza, preventing the passage of goods into the territory.