BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A projectile was reportedly fired from the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening, landing in an open area in southern Israel, Israeli forces said.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a “projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip” and landed in the Sdot Negev regional council, causing no injuries.
The spokesperson added that Israeli forces were searching the area.
The rights group called on the international community to “act promptly against Israel’s military escalation, to fulfill their obligations to protect civilians, and ensure respect for the rules of international law,” stressing that “acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched is crucial to ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”
Israeli officials have accused Hamas, Gaza's de facto leaders, of "preparing" for another war with Israel and have threatened retaliatory measures against the Gaza Strip as a whole, while Israeli authorities hold Hamas responsible for all attacks against Israeli targets coming from the Gaza Strip.
However, Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any rocket attacks since a ceasefire was declared after Israel’s devastating war in Gaza in 2014, and the movement has attempted to clamp down on armed activity by smaller political groups that do launch rockets from the territory.