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Gaza rocket evades Israel warning system

A longer-range rocket fired by Gaza militants penetrated southern Israel without being detected by the country’s warning system, an army spokeswoman said.

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 20:40 IST

A longer-range rocket fired by Gaza militants penetrated southern Israel without being detected by the country’s warning system, an army spokeswoman said on Saturday.

The remains of the Grad-style rocket were discovered near the port city of Ashdod, around 38 kilometres from the Gaza border, the spokeswoman said, adding that it caused neither casualties nor damage.

“It was apparently fired on yesterday evening. An investigation is under way.”

Gaza militants fired makeshift rockets and a mortar round into southern Israel yesterday, causing no casualties but prompting a series of Israeli air strikes that killed one Palestinian militant and wounded nine other people.

The renewed violence overshadowed an announcement by the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza that it was ready to sign on to an Egyptian-brokered truce aimed at consolidating the ceasefires that ended a deadly Israeli offensive against the territory last month.