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Militants in Gaza fire rocket into Israel for the 1st time since Palestinian unity govt is formed

Published on Jun 11, 2014 11:30 PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into Israel on Wednesday for the first time since a Palestinian unity government was formed, prompting strong Israeli condemnation of President Mahmoud Abbas.

After past rocket attacks, Israel has said it holds Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, responsible, and frequently responds with air strikes on militant positions there.

Israel gave no indication it planned to take any punitive action against Mr Abbas' West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket strike, which caused no casualties or damage.

But it said that now that the Western-backed Mr Abbas had sworn in a government supported by Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip, he needed to take more action to prevent cross-border attacks.

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