JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired rockets at the south of the country a day after Israel warned of an escalation.
A military spokesman says several rockets were fired early Thursday. One exploded in Israel causing no injuries while the others exploded prematurely inside Gaza. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.
Gaza militants have fired several rockets at Israel since November, when an informal truce took hold after eight days of fighting triggered by almost daily Palestinian rocket attacks.
Israel retaliated for the first time this week. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned he will not allow rocket attacks to become routine again. Israel holds Gaza's militant Hamas rulers responsible for all attacks from the coastal strip.