Middle East

Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel

Israeli bomb disposal expert collects remains of rocket fired by Gaza militants 29/07/2014 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Thousands of rockets have been fired at Israel by Gaza militants in the past five weeks - file photo

A rocket fired from Gaza has hit southern Israel just hours before a three-day ceasefire was due to expire, police say.

The rocket came down in an open area near Ashkelon, but caused no casualties or damage, a spokeswoman said.

Hamas militants denied they had fired any rockets, Reuters reported.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been involved in indirect talks in Egypt aimed at finding a long-term solution to the Gaza conflict.

About 2,000 people have died since the fighting in Gaza began on 8 July.

Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the United Nations.

Sixty-four Israeli soldiers have been killed in the violence and three civilians in Israel have also died.

The rocket, which landed in Israel late on Wednesday, was the first to be fired since the current ceasefire began on Monday.