n armed group from the nationalist movement Fatah Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday claimed a rocket attack on southern Israel, saying it agisssait of "retaliation" after the death of a Palestinian held by Israel .
"As a first response to the assassination of Arafat heroic prisoner Jaradat, we demand the firing of a Grad rocket at Ashkelon on Tuesday at 6:00 am (0400 GMT)," affirmed in a statement Martyrs Brigades Al-Aqsa , from Fatah.
At the funeral Monday near Hebron (West Bank), Jaradat Arafat died Saturday in an Israeli prison, following "torture" by the Palestinian Authority, the Brigades of Al-Aqsa Martyrs had hailed as one of their members and pledged in a statement to avenge him.
A rocket fired from Gaza exploded near Ashkelon on Tuesday morning (southern Israel), causing no injuries, police said stressing that it was the first shot since the Israeli operation in the Palestinian territory in November.
"The rocket landed in the early morning near Ashkelon and caused some damage to a road, causing no casualties," he told AFP Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the police. "This is the first launch of its kind since the end of the transaction + + + + Pillar of Defense, November 21," he said.
Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movementin power in Gaza, had entered through Egypt a cease-fire came into force on 21 November.
Hostilities between the Israeli army and Palestinian groups in Gaza, November 14 to 21, have killed 177 Palestinians, including more than one hundred civilians, and six Israelis, four civilians and two soldiers according to the balance sheets of both sides.