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Qassam in Sderot
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Rockets continue to fall
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2 Qassams hit Sderot, damage homes
Qassam lands in central Sderot. Another rocket lands in western Negev. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility as 'response to Israel's crimes in Ramallah

Palestinians from the northern Gaza Strip launched two Qassam rockets towards the western Negev Friday morning.

 

One rocket landed in central Sderot, causing damage to a number of homes. A few people suffered from shock and one woman fainted.

 

The second rocket landed in an open field in the Shaar Hanegev region, near a kibbutz. No one was injured.

 

Shortly after the rockets fell, al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's military wing claimed responsibility for the shooting.

 

The organization announced that the "Quds-3" rockets were fired in response to "Israel's crimes" and the IDF's actions in Ramallah Thursday night, where six people were killed.

 

The Ramallah operation stirred up great rage within the Palestinian Authority, and caused tension between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who were meeting in Egypt at the time.

 

The rocket firing from the Gaza Strip has been renewed in the past few days, after relative calm at the beginning of the week.

 

Over the past few days a number of rockets were fired, injuring one man moderately, and causing some damage to property.

 

Last Friday was a particularly rough day, when no less ten rockets were fired towards southern Israel.

 

Following that incident, the political echelon decided to end its restraint policy, and gave the IDF new orders to act against rocket launchers.

 

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