A rocket was fired at the southern town of Kiryat Gat on Thursday night
Israeli bomb technicians inspect the remains of a rocket launched from Gaza Strip near the southern kibbutz of Yad Mordechay on August 1, injuring one woman. Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip have detained two members of an Islamist group suspected of firing rockets at Israel, a source close to the Palestinian group said. © David Buimovitch - AFP
A rocket was fired at the southern town of Kiryat Gat on Thursday night
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Last updated: August 8, 2011

Hamas seizes suspected rocket firers

Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip on Saturday detained two members of an Islamist group suspected of firing rockets at Israel, a source close to the Palestinian group said.

The source said the militants, who belonged to a Salafist organisation called Al-Tawfid wal Jihad, were detained in Gaza City by Hamas security forces who suspected them of being behind rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

On Thursday night, a rocket was fired at the southern town of Kiryat Gat without causing any harm, the Israeli army said.

In response, an Israeli warplane attacked a group suspected of firing the rocket, a military spokeswoman said.

Israeli retaliation for attacks from Gaza has focused on targeting bases of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military branch of Hamas.

The past month has seen an increase in rockets and other projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza after several months of calm following a flare-up in April when an anti-tank missile hit an Israeli school bus, killing a teenager.

Israel responded to that attack with a series of air strikes that killed at least 19 Palestinians in the deadliest violence since Israel's devastating 22-day assault on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009.

The violence raised fears of another offensive, but the Islamist movement Hamas which rules the Palestinian territory announced on April 10 a return to the truce that ended Israel's "Operation Cast Lead."

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