Grad rocket lands south of Ashkelon despite 'cease-fire'

No injuries or damage reported in attack from Gaza; comes after cease-fire apparently brokered by Egypt, UN.

Police survey site of Grad rocket explosion 311 (photo credit: Be'er Tuvia Regional Council)
Police survey site of Grad rocket explosion 311
(photo credit: Be'er Tuvia Regional Council)
A Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed in open land south of Ashkelon on Friday. Air raid sirens were heard before the rocket hit.
No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.
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The attack came after the Islamic Jihad announced a new cease-fire agreement in the Gaza Strip early Friday morning, according to sources in Gaza quoted by Israel radio. The agreement was reportedly brokered by Egypt and the UN.
The report added that the cease-fire was already in effect.
The cease-fire announcement, made by Nafaz Azam, was unexpected as on Thursday Islamic Jihad had vowed to extend the range of their rocket capabilities, sending projectiles deeper into Israeli territory. The terror group had said that it would triple the number of Israelis affected by rocket attacks.
This announcement came as the South braced for a weekend of violence as rocket fire intensified on Thursday and the IDF struck back, killing two terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
At least 15 rockets and mortar shells pounded southern Israel, hitting open areas near Ashkelon and in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. A mortar shell struck the Erez crossing, which is frequently used by Palestinians to enter Israel for medical treatments, causing extensive damage.