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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a street in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Wednesday, causing no casualties, police said.

After the attack, Israeli tank shells struck an observation post belonging to the Hamas Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip. Local residents and Hamas-run media said no one was hurt at the position, near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and has observed a de facto ceasefire with Israel since 2014, but small armed cells of Jihadist Salafis still occasionally fire rockets into Israel.

A photograph distributed by police showed metal fragments and a small crater in a street in Sderot. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Twitter the blast caused some damage, but no injuries were reported.

Militants in the Gaza Strip last fired a rocket into Israel on Aug. 21 in an incident that also caused no casualties and drew an Israeli air strike and tank shelling.

Israel has a declared policy of responding militarily to any attack from the enclave.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller and Nidal al-Mughrabi, editing by Larry King)


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