Rocket Reportedly Fired from Gaza

05 Oct
6:30 AM

A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel, late Sunday, with no reported injuries, the Israeli army said.

A spokeswoman said that the rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council at around 11 p.m.

Rocket sirens sounded afterward, she said, but there were no additional rockets.

The rocket fire comes amid heightened tensions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, where by Sunday night, Israeli soldiers and settlers had shot nearly 100 Palestinians with live and rubber bullets in a 24-hour period.

The most recent clashes were prompted by Israeli army and settler reprisals for the death of two Israeli men in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City.

However, tensions have been mounting for weeks, particularly due to ongoing restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem — the third holiest site in Islam.

On Wednesday, the Israeli army launched four air strikes on the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the besieged coastal enclave the night before.

Witnesses and Palestinian security sources said four training camps for Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, were hit in the strikes. They were empty at the time, and no one was injured.

The rocker fire was later claimed by a Salafist militant group known as the Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigade, which said on Twitter that it carried out the attack in response to the killing of 18-year-old Hadeel Hashlomon in Hebron a week earlier.

Despite the brigade claiming responsibility, the Israeli army laid blame on Gaza’s de facto leaders Hamas.

Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any rocket attacks since last year’s devastating war in Gaza, and the movement has attempted to clamp down on armed activity by smaller political groups in the territory — among them the Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigade.

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