A Palestinian mortar shell fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel near the border on Tuesday night, the first violation of the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel since it went into effect on August 26.
B’chasdei Hashem, there were no injuries or damage in the attack.
Hamas denied any knowledge of the incident and said Palestinian factions remained committed to the Egyptian-brokered truce.
After the attack, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the IDF must respond to any violation of the Gaza ceasefire.
“This is a test of Israel’s deterrent force,” Livni said. “The lack of an adequate response will reintroduce the routine of [rocket] alarms to the citizens of Israel.”
The attack came just hours after Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that the coming year will not be a quiet one, during a briefing at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.
“Things can occur in every sector,” he said, citing the high level of instability afflicting the region.