Siren heard in southern Israel, rocket lands in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A siren sound in southern Israel the morning after a cease-fire went into effect.

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The rocket fired Thursday morning either landed in Palestinian territory or was a false alarm, according to reports.

Some 13 rockets were fired from Gaza after the cease-fire went into effect at 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Ten of them landed inside of Gaza.

Schools remained closed, however, on Thursday in communities located up to 25 miles from the Gaza border. 

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday began to discharge form service some of the 50,000 reserve soldiers called up since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense on Nov. 14. They will be discharged throughout the next week.

According to the IDF, at least 1,500 rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel since the beginning of the operation, with some falling in Gaza territory. Some 421 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Five Israelis, including four civilians and a soldier, were killed by the rockets. The IDF struck over 1,500 terror targets, including rocket launching sites, tunnels and terrorist headquarters, in Gaza.

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