Rocket attack breaks 10 days of quiet

Palestinians launch projectile into Israel after period of calm; none wounded in attack near Ashkelon.

Ten days of quiet were broken on Tuesday when Palestinian terrorists fired a Kassam rocket into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The latest rocket struck an open area south of Ashkelon, causing no casualties or damage. No terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the incident. Residents of nearby areas heard warning sirens shortly before the rocket landed. The last Kassam attack occurred on March 14, when two rockets landed in open areas near the Sha'ar Hanegev region and Ashkelon. Nobody was wounded in either attack. Three projectiles were fired into Israel the previous day, causing no casualties. Attacks from Gaza on Israeli residents thinned out following the unilateral cease-fires declared by Israel on January 16 and by Hamas one day later after the IDF ended its three-week-long Operation Cast Lead. In related news, Hamas deputy chief Moussa Abu Marzouk announced on Monday that his group was ready to resume talks with Egyptian officials in order to reach a prisoner exchange deal with Israel as soon as possible over the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. Marzouk told The Associated Press in an interview that Hamas "did not close and will not close the door until we release our prisoners from Israeli jails." AP contributed to this report.