A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip fell in southern Israel on Monday evening. The rocket exploded in open territory and no casualties or damage was reported. Security forces are arriving at the area to discard of the remains.

Iron Dome intercepting a rocket (archive).

Iron Dome intercepting a rocket (archive). Photo Credit: EPA

A rocket was launched from the northern Gaza Strip and exploded in open territory near a southern Israeli town on Monday evening. No casualties or damage was reported.

The Red Alert siren did not go off. Security forces are arriving at the area of the explosion to discard of the remains and there are currently no special instructions for civilians.

Tensions along the Gaza border have been escalating recently. On Friday, three rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and the third landed on top of a building in an Israeli town; no casualties were reported.

In response to the rocket fire, IDF tanks and Israeli Air Force fighter jets attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. In in an interview with Israel News Company on Saturday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Salafist extremists in Gaza receive support, money and ideology from global jihad extremists and Iran, and are attempting to drag Israel into “an all-out battle in the Gaza Strip.”

In a statement on Friday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said: “The very serious firing on Friday proved again that Iran, through rogue terror organizations and extremists, is working to deteriorate the regional situation.”