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Gaza rockets hit Israel after drone attack

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:16 EDT
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City of Rafah via AFP
 
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JERUSALEM — Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel early on Sunday, without causing casualties or damage, police said.

“They fell on open ground. Nobody was injured and there was no property damage,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

On Saturday night, a rocket fired from an Israeli drone wounded two Palestinians riding a motorcycle in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The military said they had been on their way to fire rockets at Israel.

“Aircraft thwarted a rocket launch in the southern Gaza Strip,” a military spokeswoman told AFP.

Last month, a series of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket salvoes followed Israel’s killing of Zuhair al-Qaisi, head of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees, prompting other militant groups to fire rockets.

Palestinians in Gaza fired more than 310 rockets at Israel, and Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes, killing 25 people, among them 14 members of Islamic Jihad.

Israeli public radio said that the two rockets fired on Sunday morning were of the Soviet-designed Grad type, the same as those fired early on Thursday from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat.

One slammed into a residential area of the city but caused no injuries. The second was discovered, unexploded, in the hills outside Eilat on Saturday, the military said.

In Egypt, officials said publicly that the attack was not launched from Sinai.

It was the first rocket attack from Egypt since the collapse of the regime of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Since he was toppled, a wave of unrest has swept the restive Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel.

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