There were no reports of injuries, but a senior officer's military vehicle sustained damage. Shots were not fired at homes of nearby communities.
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The statement added that Molotov cocktails and stones were hurled at the soldiers, and that three Palestinians were injured by IDF fire as soldiers attempted to disperse the crowd.
On Tuesday morning, a Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed on the outskirts of Ashkelon. No injuries were reported.
The rocket hit a road in the city's industrial zone, causing some damage. This was the first time a rocket was fired at Israel since the conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense in November.
The military campaign ended with an Egyptian-brokered armistice and various understandings between Israel and Hamas, meant to maintain agreement.
The past few weeks have seen acceleration in the indirect talks between Hamas, Egypt and Israel, in an attempt to galvanize the ceasefire agreement.
Several Israeli defense delegations have traveled to Cairo to that effect, while the Egyptians have stepped up their effort to curtail weapons smuggling into Gaza Strip.
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