Ashkelon man takes cover during code red siren 370.
(photo credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen)
Gazan mortar shell exploded in the Eshkol region in the South early on Thursday
The shell triggered the Color Red alert before striking a field,
and did not cause injuries or damages.
The remainder of Thursday remained
free of Palestinian projectile attacks on the South.
Meanwhile, Hamas in
Gaza arrested two members of an al-Qaida-inspired group believed to be behind
recent rocket attacks on the Sderot area, AFP reported on Thursday, citing
sources close to the jihadi group.
The source told AFP that Hamas
domestic security forces arrested two “holy fighters,” one of whom was released
soon afterward. The second man is still in custody, the source added.
Mujahadeen Shura Council said it was behind twin rocket blasts in the Sderot
area during morning hours, sending parents and their children – who were on
their way to school – fleeing for cover.
Hamas’s Interior Ministry denied
arresting any of those firing rockets into Israel.
warned Hamas this week that a “drizzle of rockets” on southern Israel would not
be tolerated, and would warrant a strong response by the IDF if it continued.