Gaza rocket hits Israel for 2nd time since end of Operation Protective Edge

Qassam rocket launchers in Gaza. Credit: IDF.

( A Qassam rocket fired from Gaza exploded east of the border fence in an open area in the Eshkol region of southern Israel on Friday night, marking the second Gaza rocket to hit the Jewish state since the Aug. 26 cease-fire that ended the summer war between Israel and Hamas.

No injuries or damage resulted from the rocket fire.

“It doesn’t matter to us who fired [the rocket], whether it was Hamas or a rogue group,” said Haim Yellin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council. “We demand a military response to rockets fired at the residents of Israel. The military accomplishments of Operation Protective Edge are disappearing and there is no diplomatic arrangement that will ensure true calm for the residents of the south and all of Israel.”

Hamas arrested five Palestinians suspected of involvement in the rocket fire after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, via Egypt, sent “unequivocal” messages to the Palestinian terrorist group governing Gaza, Israel Hayom reported. Hamas said it was not responsible for the rocket fire, and it remains unclear which terrorist group the five suspects belong to.

Posted on November 2, 2014 .