Southern Israel hit by mortar shells a day after rockets

( Two mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Thursday night, causing no damage or injuries, Israel Hayom reported. The incident occurred one day after rockets were fired from Sinai into the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat.

The projectiles exploded in open areas in the Eshkol region. The Israeli military was checking the reports. There were no immediate claims of responsibility from Gaza.

According to reports, the early-warning system meant to alert local residents of incoming projectiles did not sound on Thursday night. The authorities are looking into possible reasons for the failure.

A report issued by the Israel Security Agency indicates that since the start of 2013, Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza have fired a total of 15 rockets into Israel. In 2012, 2,157 rockets and 175 mortar shells were fired from Gaza into Israel, most of them during the eight-day Operation Pillar of Defense in November.

Over the last month, terrorist groups in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have fired intermittently at Israel, despite the cease-fire that ended Operation Pillar of Defense.

Posted on April 19, 2013 .