Rocket fired from Gaza Strip into Israeli territory: Israeli army

JERUSALEM: The Israeli army claimed in a statement that a missile was fired from Gaza into Israeli territory on Wednesday night, the second time in a week.

According to the statement, the rocket sounded sirens in the communities surrounding the besieged Palestinian territory. According to another Israeli police statement, the rocket fell in the southern Israeli town of Sderot and was not intercepted by Israel's aerial defence system. The  local media reported, the rocket's debris damaged a house. There has been no claim of responsibility for the incident.

It was the second time this week that a rocket was launched from Gaza into Israeli territory. On Monday night, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel for the first time in four months. In retaliation, Israeli fighter jets bombed military targets in Gaza's southern enclave early Tuesday.

The rocket fire came amid clashes between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, just hours after police blocked a flag march organised by ultra-nationalist Israelis from approaching the Old City's Damascus Gate.

Over the past three weeks, tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have risen in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as the Jewish holiday of Passover coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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