Citizens of the South were forced to seek shelter after hearing an air raid
siren on Tuesday.
Residents in the Sha’ar Hanegev Region reported hearing
a blast in their area.
It is believed that a projectile launched from
Gaza fell in an open area, but the IDF said it could not confirm where the
rocket fell, or whether it crossed the border into Israel.
“A siren went
off, and residents heard a blast. Searches are under way,” said an army
spokeswoman, adding that “no rocket remains have been found at this
On July 24, residents in the South near Gaza reported hearing two
blasts following a Palestinian rocket attack. A total of four rockets have been
fired at Israel in the past two weeks. The identities of those behind Tuesday’s
incident are unknown.
In recent months, Hamas, keen on consolidating its
rule over Gaza, has made an effort to crack down on al- Qaida-affiliated groups
and Islamic Jihad and prevent them from firing projectiles into Israel, in order
to avoid Israeli retaliation.