Mortar from Gaza hits Israel for first time since cease-fire

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A mortar shell fired from Gaza hit Israel — the first since a cease-fire ending the most recent Hamas-Israel conflict — Israel’s military confirmed.

The rocket landed Tuesday evening in the Eshkol Regional Council near the border fence with Gaza, according to reports. No injuries or damage were reported. The Code Red alert siren did not sound.

Hamas denied any knowledge of the rocket launch. No other Gaza faction claimed responsibility.

“There is no sign a mortar bomb was fired from Gaza and Palestinian factions are committed to keep the agreement for calm, and eager to maintain it,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

The launch came a day after the Code Red alert siren was sounded in the Gaza border area in what was determined to be a false alarm.

Also Tuesday, Israel agreed to a deal brokered by the United Nations to rebuild Gaza.