Rocket fired from Gaza to Israel, military says

Oct. 15, 2015: Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers by the Israeli border with Gaza in Buriej, central Gaza Strip.

Oct. 15, 2015: Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers by the Israeli border with Gaza in Buriej, central Gaza Strip.  (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

A rocket from Gaza was fired at Israel Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, but the rocket caused air raid sirens to go off in several communities. It appeared to have landed in an open area, the military said in a statement.

Gaza's Hamas rulers have largely honored a cease-fire that ended a 50-day war in the summer of 2014, but jihadist groups continue to fire rockets at Israel. Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for all attacks out of the territory and often responds to rocket fire with retaliatory airstrikes.

The rocket launch comes hours after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Palestinians and Israelis to end the month-long wave of bloodshed, which was initially sparked over tensions surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy site in Jerusalem sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

"I know that people are angry and frustrated, particularly the young people of the Palestinians -- when life has always been under occupation they cannot have much hope," Ban said Wednesday.

The U.N. chief's statement alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah comes one day after he made a surprise visit to Jerusalem.

Ban is expected to brief the Security Council Wednesday on his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Britain's U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told reporters Wednesday that Ban's closed video briefing and a ministerial meeting of the council on the Middle East Thursday will be focused on what the council can do on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Meanwhile, Israeli police said forces shot and killed a Palestinian who stabbed a female soldier in the neck. Police said the soldier, who was originally reported to have been lightly wounded, was in critical condition. A second assailant is in custody.

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli troops shot a young Palestinian woman in the West Bank after she allegedly approached a settlement with a knife.

Over the past month, 10 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, most of them stabbings. During that time, 47 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 26 labeled by Israel as attackers, and the rest in clashes with Israeli troops. An Eritrean migrant died after being shot and beaten by a mob that mistakenly believed he was a Palestinian attacker.

Israel has struggled to contain the attacks. Authorities have blocked roads and placed checkpoints at the entrances of Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. Other security measures include ID checks and requiring some Palestinian residents to lift their shirts and roll up pant legs as they exit their neighborhoods to prove they are not carrying knives. Soldiers have been deployed in Jerusalem and cities across Israel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.