Gaza rocket hits open area in southern Israel, no injuries ye, the IDF launches retaliatory strike at suspected Hamas position.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel Early Sunday morning, did not cause any injuries or damage.

The IDF in a statement said the projectile landed in open area in the Eshkol Regional Council.

“No injuries have been reported. Forces are searching the area,” the army said.

The rocket alert siren was reportedly not activated because the projectile was headed towards an unpopulated area.

In response, the army said an IDF tank attacked a Hamas position in the southern Gaza.

Sunday night’s rocket strike followed less than a day after a rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip landed in an open area of the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

Both incidents come amid escalating violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where past tensions have often led to conflagrations in the Strip.

At least two Palestinians were killed Saturday in clashes as demonstrations continued against the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount, one of them when a Molotov cocktail he was about to throw at troops exploded prematurely.

The metal detectors were installed after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers just outside the Temple Mount compound on July 14 using guns they had smuggled into the holy site.

Three Palestinians were killed in clashes Friday. Palestinian medical officials said all three died of gunshot wounds.



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