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Two mortars hit southern Israel

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July 24, 2013 | 10:52 am

Two mortars from Gaza hit southern Israel but caused no damage or injuries.

The mortars landed in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council district. According to Ynet, they were likely fired by a terror group against the wishes of Hamas, the terrorist organization that governs Gaza.

The border has been mostly quiet since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas ended the Israeli army’s Operation Pillar of Defense last November aimed at stopping increased rocket fire from Gaza.

Earlier this year, three mortars were fired at Israel from Gaza. In response, the Israel Defense Forces struck two Gaza targets.

In addition, Israel has boosted its defenses on its border with the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, according to Reuters, in response to increased terrorist activity there. Last week, Israel deployed its Iron Dome missile defense system near the southern city of Eilat.

Since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 20 Egyptians have been killed in terror attacks in the Sinai.

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