Palestinian rocket slams into house in southern Israel, causing damage

No word on casualties; Earlier Friday, the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two rockets destined for the western Negev.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 4, 2014 13:00
2 minute read.
sderot

Hamas militants announce pending cease fire while rockets fall [File]. (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again



A rocket fired by Palestinians in Gaza on Friday evening struck a home in southern Israel, causing damage.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The projectile slammed into a house in the Eshkol regional council in the western Negev. Another rocket landed nearby in an open field.

Earlier Friday, the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two Kassam rockets fired by Palestinians at southern Israel on Friday.

 


A Palestinian mortar exploded in an open field near the Eshkol regional council. No injuries or damage was caused. Another Palestinian rocket exploded in the western Negev town of Ofaqim. Still no word on casualties.

Earlier on Friday morning, four rockets exploded in southern Israel while another was intercepted by Iron Dome batteries. Two more mortar shells reportedly exploded in open fields according to media reports.



Soon afterward, IDF artillery fired into the Gaza Strip following the barrage of rocket-fire despite media reports that Hamas officials have claimed they support a ceasefire with Israel which Egyptian intelligence officials were attempting to broker.

Following days of rocket fire and retaliatory strikes by the IDF, the BBC quoted a Hamas sources as saying a truce had been brokered, a claim that Israel has not confirmed.


The IDF deployed troops on the Gaza border amid the escalation, as some 40 rockets hit Israel on Thursday and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had warned earlier on Thursday evening that if quiet in the region was not restored, the beefed-up IDF units amassed there will act “with power.”

IDF officials have maintained that the forces were in place to defend residents of the South and that there stance is, "quiet will be answered with quiet."

Over 40 rockets and mortar shells have landed in southern Israel since early Thursday, including two direct hits on residential buildings in Sderot.

On Friday three more rockets landed in open fields near Sderot and Eshkol while a third was shot down by Iron Dome batteries. The Code Red siren was heard again on Friday afternoon.

On Thursday demonstrators gathered on the edge of Sderot and called for strong military action against Gaza.

Related Content

idf hebron
August 22, 2014
Palestinians throw Molotov cocktail at IDF checkpoint in Hebron

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, TOVAH LAZAROFF