JERUSALEM (JTA) — A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in southern Israel; no injuries or damage were reported.
The attack Monday came several hours before the scheduled release by Israel of 26 Palestinian prisoners — part of the diplomatic process agreed upon by Israel at the resumption of U.S.-backed negotiations with the Palestinians.
Monday’s rocket attack is the third instance of rocket fire from Gaza in less than a week. The Israeli military launched retaliatory strikes following last week’s rocket attacks on Israel’s south. The Israel Defense Forces also deployed additional Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries to the area.
On Sunday, five Katyusha rockets were fired from Lebanon on northern Israel. Two of the rockets landed near Kiryat Shmona.