Rocket Explodes Near Ashkelon


rockets-israelA rocket exploded in southern Israel thisĀ morningĀ in the first such attack by terrorists in the Gaza Strip since a truce ended a week of cross-border fighting in November, Israeli police said.

The rocket caused some damage to a road near the city of Ashkelon but no injuries, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

“An explosion was heard in the Ashkelon region experts searched areas experts and found one rocket that struck, damaging a road but causing no injuries,” Rosenfeld said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility by any terrorists in Gaza, where Egyptian mediators helped achieve a truce after eight days of punishing Israeli air strikes amid rocket attacks from the coastal territory in late November.

The attack came after the death on Shabbos of a Palestinian detainee in Israeli custody which triggered protests in the occupied West Bank.

{Reuters/ Israel}