A Kassam rocket exploded in an open field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council Thursday morning causing no casualties or damage, Army Radio reported, after IDF warplanes struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip overnight.

The Sdot Negev region includes two kibbutzkim, 12 moshavim, two communal settlements and has a population of roughly 6,700 people.

Authorities in Beersheba announced on Wednesday night that schools in the city would once again close on Thursday.

The decision was announced despite the Home Front Command saying that schools could remain open, following an informal Egyptian brokered cease-fire between the IDF and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip responsible for the rocket attacks.

Schools will also be closed in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne (except for 12-graders studying in protected building) and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council.

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