The Israeli army registered on Wednesday a launch of a rocket from the Gaza Strip that resulted in a sounding siren in the city of Be’er Sheva, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.

The sound of the siren called on more than 200,000 residents of Be’er Sheva to find a shelter amid the rocket fire.

“A launch [of a rocket] from the Gaza Strip aimed at hitting the Israeli territory has been registered,” the statement said.

Rocket fired from Gaza-hits home in Be'erSheva
A Scene of attack in the Israeli city of Beersheba

According to the IDF, the incident took place at 4:00 a.m. local time (01:00 GMT).

“We will defend Israeli civilians,” the IDF spokesperson wrote on the Twitter page.

Tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians near the Gaza border have been mounting since late March, which marked the beginning of the Great March of Return. The recent disturbances on the Israeli-Gaza border have been caused by continued shelling and the launch of arson balloons by Hamas militants into Israeli territories.

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