Palestinian militants fired two rockets from Gaza into Israel today, damaging a house, while an explosion tore apart a factory in the strip, officials said.
There were no injuries reported in either incident but the fire came amid attempts to restore calm to the Gaza Strip border after a spate of rockets attacks and retaliatory air strikes in the past week. "Two rockets were fired into southern Israel and one landed next to a house," a military spokeswoman said.
Israeli media said the one rocket exploded three metres from the house in one of the Israeli communities next to Gaza, damaging the building but not harming the eight family members who were sleeping inside. Also today an explosion seriously damaged a soft drinks factory in the Zeitun neighbourhood of Gaza city, Palestinian security officials said, blaming an Israeli tank shell.
However, the military said none of its forces were operating in the area at the time. Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would respond with "great force" against continued rocket attacks. But Defence Minister Ehud Barak, touring the border, said Israel would end its air strikes if the rockets stopped.