Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip hours before Ariel Sharon's funeral on Monday, but did not appear to have landed in Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The IDF said the rocket fire caused no injuries or damage, and several Israeli media reports said the rockets landed at sea.
An IDF spokeswoman said there had been no launches across the border. According to media reports, the blasts appeared to have resulted from Palestinian terrorists testing their weapons.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that increased police forces had been deployed for Sharon's funeral. Ahead of the funeral, Israel warned the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers not to allow rocket fire during the ceremony, which was being attended by dozens of foreign dignitaries and senior foreign government officials, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
An Israeli security source said Israel had "passed the message" to Gaza authorities to prevent any rocket fire during the funeral.
"It was made clear to them that [Monday] would be a very bad day for anyone there to test Israel's patience," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate response from the Hamas government. Egyptian officials, who in the past have served as mediators between Israel and Hamas, were unavailable for comment.
At times of heightened tensions, Israel steps up aerial patrols of Gaza with helicopters and drones designed to spot Palestinian rocket crews and hit them with guided missiles before they can carry out a launch.
Channel 2 news reported that Israel was redeploying its Iron Dome rocket interceptor for improved protection of the farm, which has been hit by Gaza-launched rockets in the past.
The IDF spokeswoman said the army did not comment on such matters, but that its forces "were taking part in the security arrangements for the funeral."
Since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 put an end to incessant rockets from Gaza, Hamas has largely held its fire, but smaller terrorist groups have occasionally challenged its authority with their own rocket attacks into Israel.