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Gaza rocket hits Israel after tense quiet

FILE - A Palestinian activist places a flag on a pole as others block part of the 443 highway during a protest near the West Bank village of Beit Ur against what they say are attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians and their property, October 16, 2012.(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

JERUSALEM: Militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at southern Israel on Tuesday night that exploded near a home, causing damage and hysteria, police said, two days after the latest cross-border violence abated.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said "a rocket fired at the Lakhish region exploded in the yard of a home, causing minor damages to the building. Two people were treated for hysteria."

The rocket was the first since Sunday, when five projectiles from the enclave hit southern Israel at the end of the latest bout of unrest, beginning on October 7 when an Israeli air strike targeted two Salafists in the southern city of Rafah, killing one and critically wounding the second.

Five children and three adults were also wounded in the strike, prompting a rare armed response from Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, who fired a barrage of rockets at Israel.

The violence rumbled on until the weekend, when several Israeli air strikes killed five militants, including a top Salafist leader.

The last time Hamas militants fired on Israel was during a flare up in June when militant groups fired more than 150 rockets, wounding five, and Israel hit back with air strikes that killed 15 Palestinians.

 

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