[Monday December 23, 2013] Palestinian news sources have reported that, according to Israeli police, a rocket fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip hit a southern Israel community, early this morning, without causing damage or injuries.The Ma’an News Agency reports that bomb squad personnel found the ‘rocket fired from the Gaza Strip’ near the city of Ashkelon, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Police say that the projectile hit near a school bus stop.

Gaza government spokeswoman Isra Almodallal told Ma’an that Hamas had not confirmed or denied their involvement in the incident.

Egyptian security officials told Ma’an that Hamas had fired rockets, on Sunday, as part of a training exercise, in Gaza. Some of the rockets fell in Egyptian territorial waters, the officials said.

Over the weekend, Israeli troops shot dead one Palestinian and wounded four others, after Palestinians allegedly fired a mortar that hit southern Israel, threw stones, and attempted to breach the border.

The last deadly incident in Gaza, before Friday, was on November 1, 2013, when four Hamas militants were killed and five Israeli soldiers wounded, during an operation aimed at destroying a tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel.

(Photo: Israeli security forces stand guard in the southern city of Ashkelon
on February 26, 2013, after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip
landed near the city.)