JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel early Saturday, breaking a two-month lull that has reigned along the fence between Gaza and Israel in contrast to mounting tensions in the West Bank.
The Israeli military said anti-aircraft systems intercepted the projectile, triggering warning sirens in the southern coastal town of Ashkelon. There were no reports of casualties.
No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. Israel usually blames the militant Hamas group for any violence emanating from the coastal enclave it controls.
Also on Friday, an Israeli observation balloon crashed and crashed in the north of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said it is investigating the incident, but clarified that the balloon was not brought down by Palestinian militants.