A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014 in Gaza City. Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza today, killing at least 24 people in a major new confrontation with Palestinian militants, as Hamas flexed its firepower and sent thousands running for shelters across the country. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
Gaza militants fired a rocket at Israel on Thursday, the military said, adding the projectile fell short and exploded inside the coastal territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Sirens wailed in some areas warning of the attack late Thursday night and the military initially said it had hit the area of southern Israel where the sirens had gone off.
Soon later it said the rocket had landed prematurely, falling inside Gaza. There were no reports of injuries.
Rocket fire has mostly subsided since last summer’s war between Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers and Israel, but there have been sporadic attacks, which increased in frequency over the past few weeks.
Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the coastal territory.
Recent attacks have been claimed by Gaza militants who support the Islamic State group fighting in Iraq and Syria. Those militants are in a rivalry with Hamas and they say their rockets are in retaliation for a Hamas crackdown on their members.