Palestinian Grad rocket explodes near Kiryat Gat

Rocket lands in open territory, no injuries, damages reported; further Grad lands within Ashkelon city boundaries, road damaged, police say; attack may be seen as escalation in firing longer-range rockets.

A long-range Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed in open territory in Lachish, near Kiryat Gat late Wednesday night.
A police bomb squad arrived in the area and was searching for the location of the rocket.
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The attack represents an escalation in the firing of longer-range rockets. The last time such rockets were fired at Israel was in March, when a number of projectiles landed in the Ashdod and Lachish area, and schools in the area were closed.
Also Wednesday night, a Grad rocket fell near Ashkelon. Police said the rocket landed within Ashkelon city boundaries and damaged a road. A police response team was on the scene.
Air raid sirens were heard in several towns and villages in the south, including the Yoav Regional ouncil, the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, and the Ashkelon coast Regional Council.
Residents in areas in which sirens were heard rushed into safe areas and shelters to take cover.
On Monday, a woman from a Beduin village was moderately injured by shrapnel from a Palestinian rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza.
That  rocket landed between in open territory in the Ashkelon Coast Regional
Council. An air raid siren went off before the rocket landed.
A police response team drove out to the scene of the attack to recover and analyze the projectile. Hours later, the Air Force bombed a number of targets in Gaza in response.
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