JERUSALEM (AFP) - Gaza fighters fired a rocket at southern Israel on Sunday evening, police said, hours after mortar rounds from the Strip hit the region and Israeli soldiers shot at a Palestinian approaching the border.

“One rocket was fired in the general direction of Sderot,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “It landed outside the city in an open area,” he added, noting that it caused no casualties or damage. Earlier in the evening, the Israeli army fired at a Palestinian man who approached the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip, a military spokesman told AFP.

Israeli “soldiers took the necessary measures to distance the suspect from the fence, when he failed to do so, the soldiers fired at a security wall near the suspect,” he said. “Moments later, the suspect moved away from the fence.” The spokesman added that “terror organisations use the area adjacent to the security fence in the Gaza Strip to execute attacks, plant explosive devices and plan kidnappings.”  Gaza medics reported no casualties from the incident. In the morning, Palestinians fired two mortar shells with phosphorous components from the Gaza Strip at the Eshkol district in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries, Israeli police said. The Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees militant group later claimed responsibility.