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Rockets fired from Gaza Strip toward southern Israel


17:20, June 19, 2013

JERUSALEM, June 19 (Xinhua) -- A rockets barrage was launched by militants from the Gaza Strip early Wednesday toward southern Israel, a military source told Xinhua.

The barrage included three rockets which were launched toward the Ashkelon coast area. According to a scan carried out by the Israeli military, none of the rockets made their way into Israel and they all exploded within the Gaza Strip territories.

No damages or causalities were reported. The shooting took place as international stars and leaders celebrated the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

Defense sources see it as an experiment carried out by Hamas militants, who rule the Gaza enclave, the Channel 10 news website reported.

In early May, a rocket landed in the southern Eshkol region but caused no damages or casualties. Several rockets were launched toward Israel in March and April as well.

According to the Israeli military, 20 rockets and mortars had been fired into Israel since the Operation Pillar of Defense ended last November.

There has been relative calm in southern Israel after the Operation Pillar of Defense triggered armed conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas is operating a 600-strong police force, who are working to stop militant groups from firing rockets into Israel and keeping a truce agreement, signed by Israel and Hamas following November's operation.

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