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Gaza militants fire at Israel during Obama’s visit

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President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, are photographed through a window and the crowd as they are greeted by children waving Israeli and American flags upon their arrival at the Peres' residence, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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JERUSALEM — Israeli police said Gaza militants have fired two rockets at southern Israel on the second day of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said one rocket exploded in the courtyard of a house in the border town of Sderot, causing damage but no injuries. The other landed in an open field.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama visited Sderot, which is frequently targeted by rocket attacks from the nearby Gaza Strip. The territory is ruled by the militant Palestinian Hamas group.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, which came as Obama was in Jerusalem. He is to visit the West Bank city of Ramallah later in the day.



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