Gaza rocket hits southern Israel after one-month lull

( At least one rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Tuesday evening after nearly a month of quiet.

A rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip. Credit: Twitter. 

According to reports, the rocket exploded near Gan Yavne, which is just east of the Israeli city of Ashdod. There were no injuries reported.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed that at least one rocket was launched from Gaza and struck southern Israel on Tuesday and that the IDF is looking into reports of additional sirens sounding.

According to the Times of Israel, the rocket fire was the result of an internal dispute between two commanders for the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

Nevertheless, Lerner said in a statement that Israel holds Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that governs Gaza, “responsible for all attacks originating from the [Gaza] Strip.”

The rocket fire on Tuesday evening was the first such incident since April 24, when a rocket exploded in the Sderot area, ending nearly fourth months of quiet. The IDF responded to the incident by striking a terror targets in northern Gaza. 

Posted on May 26, 2015 .