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A rocket was fired into Israel from the Gaza strip on Wednesday causing unspecified damage in a southern city. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

“At 4am [01:00 GMT] Israelis in the city of Beer Sheva were running to bomb shelters after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel,” the Israeli army said on Twitter.

“We will defend Israeli civilians,” it added, suggesting there would be a military response.

It is one of the first rockets fired in recent weeks from the Palestinian territory under Israel’s devastating blockade and comes at a time of renewed tensions between Israel and Palestinian armed groups.

“A rocket struck the city of Beer Sheva a few moments ago causing damage,” the Israeli police said, without specifying the extent.

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