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Gaza rocket hits city near Tel Aviv, no damage or casualties

Reuters

November 15, 2012 | 7:49 am

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 15. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

A smoke trail is seen as a rocket is launched from the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 15. Photo by REUTERS/Nir Elias

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an Israeli city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on Thursday, exploding in an open area within the municipal limits of Rishon Lezion, the army said.

Air raid sirens sounded in Rishon Lezion, a city some 12 km (seven miles) south of Tel Aviv, and an explosion was heard. A military spokeswoman said the rocket hit an uninhabited area. There were no reports of damage or casualties.

Israeli media reports said the rocket came down near an amusement park in sand dunes on the edge of Rishon Lezion, a city of 300,000 people. It was the northernmost point struck by a rocket since Israel's Gaza offensive began on Wednesday.

Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer

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