Army: Gaza Militants Fire 2 Rockets Into Israel

Israel's army said Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel early Saturday, capping a week of intensified Palestinian rocket and mortar launches from the Hamas-run coastal territory and Israeli retaliations.

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Israeli Defence Ministry on Jan. 6, 2010, purporting to show a rocket fired by the Iron Dome system during a test fire somewhere in southern Israel. The Iron Dome system that is reputed to be able to shoot down incoming rockets, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he approved the deployment of the system as an "an operational experiment" along the border with Gaza to protect southern Israeli communities from Palestinian attacks. Friday, March 25, 2011.

Israel's army said Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel early Saturday, capping a week of intensified Palestinian rocket and mortar launches from the Hamas-run coastal territory and Israeli retaliations.

No one was injured in the attacks but one rocket damaged a house, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.

Gaza militants have bombarded southern Israel this week in the heaviest barrage since an Israeli military campaign in 2009 tried to stop years of rocket fire from Gaza. No group immediately claimed responsibility for Saturday's rocket attacks.

Israeli military commander Tal Russo, in charge of defense of southern Israel, was quoted by Army Radio on Saturday as saying there is anarchy among Gaza's militant groups, and that no one has control over them.

Army Radio quoted Russo as saying that Gaza militants have a short memory about Israel's fierce response to rocket fire in the 2009 offensive. He stopped short of commenting on possible Israeli retaliation to Saturday's shelling.

"Our goal at the end of the day is to have quiet in the communities here" in Israel's south, Russo said, according to the military.

Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group had mostly abided by a cease-fire since the Israeli military offensive ended in January 2009, with Hamas largely preventing militant groups in Gaza from firing rockets and mortars toward Israel.

But violence escalated last Saturday, when Gaza militants fired more than 50 mortar shells into southern Israel. Hamas took responsibility for some of the shelling.

Also this week, Israeli shelling missed its target and killed three children and their uncle in Gaza.

In Jerusalem Wednesday, a bomb exploded near a bus stop, killing a British tourist and wounding dozens of Israelis.

AP