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Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza

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A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel Tuesday, news sources report Israel police saying.

The rocket landed south of the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel, according to Fox News. It is the first one fired from the Palestinian territory since a truce ended Israel-Gaza hostilities last November.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' West Bank-based Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the rocket strike, Al Jazeera reports.

The group described the attack as a preliminary retaliation for the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian member of the brigade, who died in Israeli custody last weekend, according to Al Jazeera.

The attack comes weeks before President Barrack Obama is scheduled to visit Israel and the West Bank, as tensions are rising in the region, Fox News reports.

Two Palestinian youths, one 13 and one 16, were seriously wounded when Israeli soldiers fired on protesters Monday, who reportedly threw "improvised hand grenades," towards a holy site in Bethlehem, Fox News reports.

Israeli and Palestinian officials have both accused the other for stroking the recent unrest, Fox News reports.

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