Four rockets fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday without harming anyone, Israeli police said, hours after an air strike killed a Hamas fighter.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP two rockets fell in open areas within the Eshkol district which flanks the southern sector of the Gaza border, while another two landed in and around Beersheva, a city of 194,000 people.
None of them caused any injuries or damage.
In Gaza, fighters from the Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for the two rockets fired at Beersheva.
The exchanges prompted Beersheva mayor Ruvik Danilovitch to cancel school classes until further notice.
“Many of the houses in our town are not protected (against rocket fire) and we cannot play with the lives of our children. I hope that lessons can resume soon,” he told Israeli public radio.
Hours earlier, an Israeli air strike killed a Hamas fighter and wounded another after they fired mortar shells at Israeli tanks on an incursion near the southern city of Khan Yunis, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.
The dead man was named as Kamel Qarara, 25, a member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Gaza’s ruling Islamist Hamas movement.
The wounded man was also said to be a Hamas fighters.
The military confirmed the strike but refused to comment on the allegation Israeli armor had entered the Palestinian territory and come under fire from militants.
“Overnight, IAF (air force) aircraft targeted a rocket launching site and squad in the central Gaza Strip, during final preparations to fire a rocket towards southern Israel. Secondary explosions were identified and a hit was confirmed,” it said, implying ammunition or explosives were hit.