Kassam strikes southern Israel

A Kassam rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel, ending a two-day lull in rocket fire.

The rocket hit  March 19 in an open area in the Negev. A hothouse was damaged by shrapnel, according to Israel Radio. The  warning system sounded in several towns in the area.

It was the first rocket to hit Israel since the previous Friday evening, when one hit the same area.

On March 18, more than 200,000 students in southern Israel returned to school. They had remained home the previous week as more than 200 rockets struck Israel from Gaza. — jta