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Gaza rocket fired at south Israel, falls short: army


Jerusalem: A rocket fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip fell within the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli army said today, correcting an earlier announcement that it had hit the Jewish state.

“Preliminary review suggests that the rocket launched earlier today at Israeli territory fell short in the Gaza Strip,” a statement said.

Sirens had sounded in southern Israel, and the army had announced that a rocket had “hit an open area.”

Yesterday, an improvised explosive device was detonated on the southern Gaza border as an Israeli army patrol passed by.

Nobody was wounded and the soldiers “responded towards the direction of the attack,” the military said.

Early Monday, Israeli warplanes hit a training camp of Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, without causing casualties, after a rocket hit southern Israel.

Sunni militants claiming links to the Islamic State group have said they have been behind rocket fire from Gaza in recent months, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all such incidents.

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