For the first time since last November's Gaza war, Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a missile into southern Israel on Monday.
The missile, a medium-range Grad-type projectile, landed on the outskirts of the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage.
Israel halted its anti-terror operation against Gaza terrorists last November on condition that Hamas would cease and prevent all mortar and missile fire at Israeli towns and villages.
Monday's attack was carried out by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a "military wing" of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction. Spokesmen from the group said the attack was a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinian rioters clashing with Israeli soldiers in Judea and Samaria.
UN officials said they were "deeply troubled" by the attack and called for a cessation of cross-border hostilities.
But Hamas indicated that it intends to further up the ante by abducting more Israeli soldiers in the near future.
Iran's Fars news agency reported that at a rally in Gaza this week, a senior Hamas official urged activists and operatives to kidnap Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips to obtain the freedom of jailed Palestinian terrorists.