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Qassam hits Sderot home
Rocket barrage continues Saturday morning: Palestinians in northern Gaza fire two Qassams at Israeli communities in west Negev. Sderot residents say Color Red alert system failed to activate. Attacks come after IDF kills 3 Palestinian gunmen Friday when gunbattle breaks out during arrest raid

A Sderot home was directly hit in a Qassam barrage early Saturday morning. No one was wounded but the house was damaged.

 

After firing three rockets Friday night, Palestinian Qassam cells in northern Gaza continued the salvo Saturday morning, aiming two Qassams at Israeli communities in the western Negev.

 

The attacks came after IDF soldiers killed three Islamic Jihad members in gunbattles that erupted during a military operation near Jenin Friday evening.

 

Both rockets fired Saturday morning landed within the Sderot township. One directly hit a private residence, destroying its tile roof. A concrete roof underneath the tile luckily prevented the rocket from causing worse damage.

 

Sderot security officer Yehuda Ben Maman said the family was not at home when the rocket hit.

 

Residents reported that the Color Red alert system failed to activate ahead of the Saturday morning attacks. Officials at the Sderot municipality assessed that it failed due to weather conditions and a thick fog in the area.

 

Friday: 3 killed in Jenin 

A Border Guard force killed three Islamic Jihad members in exchanges of fire which erupted Friday evening in the village of Silat al-Haritya, near the West Bank city of Jenin, the IDF reported.

 

The IDF said that Palestinians opened fire at the officers, who were disguised as Arabs, while they were conducting routine arrests. The force fired back, hitting three armed Palestinians. There were no injuries among the Border Guard officers.

 

The three Palestinians killed in the incident were identified as members of the al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad's military wing: Khaled Darwish, Ahmed Ziyud and Mahdi Abu al-Heir.

 

Military sources confirmed that the killed Palestinians were Islamic Jihad members and that one of them had been wanted by security forces for a long period of time. The Palestinians said that Abu al-Heir was the senior member of the three.

 

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