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Israeli military says 2 rockets fired from Gaza

The Israeli military said two rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

The rockets set off warning sirens in nearby Israeli communities but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired a number of rockets and explosive balloons into Israel in recent weeks as tensions have risen following the Jan. 28 release of the Trump administration's Mideast initiative, which strongly favors Israel. The projectiles have not caused any casualties or major damage.

Hamas supporters burn a poster with a picture of U.S. President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American flag during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP PhotoAdel Hana)

The Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, has largely observed an informal cease-fire with Israel as Egyptian and U.N. mediators have tried to bring about a more lasting truce.

Hamas has curbed rocket fire in exchange for the easing of a blockade imposed on Gaza by Israel and Egypt after the militants seized power.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, even attacks claimed by other factions. It often responds by striking militant infrastructure. There have been several such exchanges in recent weeks, with no casualties on either side.

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Arabic on the headband reads " a headband with Arabic that reads: "No God but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger, al-Qassam Brigades" (AP PhotoAdel Hana)

Hamas supporters raise their fingers up while chant slogans as others wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP PhotoAdel Hana)

Hamas supporters burn painted posters of Americans and Israeli flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP PhotoAdel Hana)