Six projectiles thought to have been fired by Islamic Jihad in Gaza were launched at the regional councils of Ashkelon and Bnei Shimon late on Sunday night. No injuries or damages were reported.

Four were fired towards the Bnei Shimon council area and Netivot. Iron Dome intercepted two rockets fired towards the Ashkelon Regional Council.

"Code Red" sirens were heard in regional councils of Rahat, Netivot, Bnei Shimon and Lahavim. The IDF launched searches of the area to find rockets' landing sites.

The rockets have shattered a lengthy period of calm enjoyed by civilians in southern Israel.

Early on Wednesday morning, "Code Red" warning sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding areas.

Shortly after the sirens went off, three rockets fell in open areas, landing in Palestinian areas, Israel Radio reported. The rocket attack marked the first time Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have attempted to strike Israel for nearly two months.

About 20 rockets have been fired by militant groups this year. Several rockets were fired during US President Barack Obama’s visit in March.

The rocket fire broke a months-long period during which the Hamas regime in Gaza restrained elements in the coastal enclave, bringing about quiet. Since Operation Pillar of Defense in November, there have been few incidents of rocket fire.

Ben Hartman contributed to this report.

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