Israeli radio reported on Friday afternoon that fire broke out in an industrial zone in the Sha’ar Hanegev area, in the Negev desert in the south of the country.

According to Israeli police sources, a homemade shell fired by a Palestinian resistance group in the northern Gaza Strip exploded in the industrial zone, setting huge areas on fire.

“Israeli firefighters rushed to the scene and are trying to control it,” an Israeli security source told Israeli radio. 

In a separate incident, one home in Neveh Dekalim settlement in the southern part of the Gaza Strip was damaged after a homemade shell exploded in it. No injuries were reported.

Israeli army spokesperson said on Friday that the resistance fired 47 homemade shells at Israeli targets over the last 24 hours.

Most of the shells were fired at settlements in the Gaza Strip, military camps, and the town of Sderot, next to the Gaza Strip. 

Al-Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the attacks.