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JERUSALEM (AFP) – A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israel on Sunday, the first such incident in several weeks, but no casualties or damage was reported, the Israeli army said.

The mortar bomb landed near the Karni crossing between Israel and Gaza as a convoy of more than 90 trucks was due to cross into the impoverished Palestinian territory, a spokeswoman said.

In the last such incident, a rocket was fired from Gaza on July 16, landing in a field near a kibbutz without hurting anyone or causing damage.

The army said last month that more than 200 rockets and shells have been fired from Gaza since Israel’s 22-day offensive against the Hamas rulers of the territory in December and January.

Operation “Cast Lead”, which led to more than 1,400 Palestinian deaths including hundreds of civilians and which devastated swathes of the coastal strip, was officially aimed at ending the firing of rockets from Gaza.