A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel early on Saturday, after six Palestinians were killed by gunfire during border clashes between youth and Israeli forces, the Israeli Army has reported.
No injuries or damage were reported from the attack.
"A rocket was launched at southern Israel... [and] landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries have been reported," the army said in a statement.
Palestinian sources reported that the first rocket was launched from Gaza toward Israel on Friday evening but the rocket failed to reach Israeli territory and exploded inside the Gaza Strip.
On Friday, six Palestinians are reported to have been killed, while more than 20 were wounded in violent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces east of Gaza City and Khan Yunis along the border with Israel. Witnesses reported that Israeli snipers fired at the Palestinians from along the border fence, 400 meters away from where they were protesting. Demonstrations were called to march in solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
Palestinian Liberation Organisation Secretary General Saeb Erakat accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government of "committing a new massacre of Palestinians" in Gaza.
The Palestinian UN ambassador called for the Security Council president to hold an emergency meeting on the clashes.
US State Department Spokesman John Kirby condemned violence against both Israeli and Palestinian civilians on Friday.
“We’re deeply concerned about all this recent violence and the tensions, and we continue to condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence against both Israeli and Palestinian civilians. Obviously, we’re going to be always concerned about any credible reports of excessive use of force against civilians. And as I’ve just said before, it’s important that steps be taken to guard against this and to bring the tensions down,” Kirby said.
“We still stand by the hope and the expectation that a two-state solution can be found.”
Israeli-occupied eastern Jerusalem has witnessed an increase violence in the past three weeks. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the unrest could trigger a “third intifada” and the situation has been steadily escalating since October 3.