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Rocket explodes in Beersheva, Palestinian factions deny relation

Oct. 17, 2018 4:07 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2018 11:44 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A rocket launched from the besieged Gaza Strip exploded in the courtyard of a house in the city of Beersheva in southern Israel, on predawn Wednesday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, a rocket launched from Gaza landed and exploded in the courtyard of a two-story house in the city of Beersheva.

Sources confirmed that no injuries were reported.

However, serious material damages to the house were reported.

The residents of the house, where the rocket exploded, suffered from panic attacks, as well as two other neighbors and were treated for anxiety.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that two rockets were launched from Gaza. One of the rockets was headed towards the sea, while the other rocket landed in Beersheva.

The spokesperson added that prior to the explosion, sirens were sounded in Beer Sheva and its surrounding areas.

In response to the explosion, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, decided to close all crossings on the Israel-Gaza borders and to further reduce the allowed fishing zone in Gaza.

In addition, the Palestinian factions denied any relation to the launch of the rocket that exploded in Beersheva.

The factions said in a joint statement that "The military wings of the factions in the joint operation room salute the Egyptian effort to attempt to achieve the demands of the Palestinian people and rejects all attempts that try to sabotage the Egyptian effort, including the rocket launch."

The factions added "The Palestinian people continue to fight back with all of their power through the protests known as 'The Great March of Return' and naval marches to break the siege, and we stand with our people, who participate weekly in such activities to achieve their demands for freedom and to be able to return to their homeland."

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