Rocket fired into southern Israel, nobody hurt: army

June 16, 2012

By Ori Lewis, Reuters

JERUSALEM | A rocket was fired into southern Israel on Saturday but exploded in an area of open desert causing no damage or injuries, a military spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman declined to say from which direction the rocket might have been launched, although the Egyptian border on the west side has been more volatile recently.

“Last night an explosion was heard in the Arava area in southern Israel … Following an examination in the area it was determined that the rocket was probably a Grad, and the incident is currently being reviewed,” the spokeswoman said.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip – that is ruled by Islamist Hamas – have fired Grad rockets at Israel from the coastal territory in the past, and Israel says militants have also crossed into the Sinai to carry out similar launches.

The open desert border between Israel and Egypt was relatively quiet for three decades after the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1979. But Israel says that since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Cairo has lost its grip on the Sinai.

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