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Gaza-Fired Rocket Lands in Israel, First Since Truce

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After a nearly four month-long cease-fire, a rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel on Tuesday, Feb. 26. CNN reports that Israeli police said no one was injured in the incident, although a road was damaged. A Gaza militant group, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and emailed media to report their rocket launch. It is widely believed that the rocket was in retaliation for the death of a prisoner in Israel. That prisoner was Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old Palestinian being held by the Israelis. Palestinian officials immediately made an uproar, calling out poor Israeli prison conditions. While the official Palestinian statements on the matter were enraged, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades actually tried to strike back at Israel, ending a cease-fire that had lasted longer than most between Israel and the Palestinians ever do. Worse yet, the group called the rocket launch their “first response” to Jaradat’s death.