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Gaza rocket hits Southern Israel, says army

Tension rose between Gaza and Israel after a year of relative calm

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A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Thursday night hit an open area in southern Israel without causing any damage or injuries, the army and police said.

The “rocket... hit southern Israel in an open area south of [the town] Netivot,” a statement said.

A police spokeswoman told AFP there was no damage or injuries.

Recently, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after a year of relative calm, with six Palestinians and an Israeli killed since December 20 and militant rocket fire sparking retaliatory air strikes.

On January 22, the army killed two Palestinians, one of them identified by Israel as a militant from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who the army said was behind recent rocket attacks.

Hamas recently confirmed it had deployed forces in Gaza to “preserve the truce” with Israel, brokered by Egypt, which ended the last major confrontation in November 2012.