Qassam rocket (archive)
Qassam rocket (archive)Israel news photo: Flash 90

Gaza-based terrorists once again interrupted the lives of southern Israeli residents on Saturday night.

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. the “Red Alert” siren was sounded in the region as a Qassam rocket was fired towards the region.

The rocket exploded in an open area of the Eshkol Regional Council. No physical injuries or damages were reported.

On Thursday evening, terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired two rockets at southern Israel.

These rockets also exploded in an open area of the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no physical injuries or damages.

On Wednesday morning, the Color Red rocket alert siren blared throughout the city of Eilat shortly after 9 a.m. It is believed that terrorists fired three rockets at the city. No casualties were reported.

A spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces said the rocket fire had been traced to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a region which has become a hotbed of terrorist activity since the fall in 2011 of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.    

A Salafi jihadist group, the Mujahedeen Shura Council, later claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the wake of the recent escalation in rocket attacks, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that Israel “will not allow in any way a return to the routine of sporadic rocket attacks on our citizens and forces.”