Rocket Fired From Gaza; First Time in a Month

A ball of fire and smoke rises during Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, on Aug. 5. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel on Motzoei Shabbos, the IDF said.

The IDF said the rocket landed in an open field, causing no injuries or damage.

Incoming rocket sirens did not sound in Israel as the rocket was projected by defense systems to land in uninhabited areas, but an alert was activated near the Gaza border towns of Nachal Oz and Kfar Aza on the Home Front Command mobile application.

Residents of the area reported hearing a large explosion.

The IDF said there were no special instructions for residents following the rocket fire.

The rocket fire came as Israeli officials were reportedly concerned about potential retaliation, including in the form of rocket fire from Gaza, over the deaths of two Palestinian Islamic Jihad members.

Over the past year, the PIJ has launched rockets at Israel in response to members being killed or arrested in Yehudah and Shomron.

Still, there was no immediate claim by any of the Gaza-based terror groups for the rocket fire on Motzoei Shabbos.

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