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3 Qassam rockets land in western Negev
No injuries or damage reported. Qassams launched only several hours before political-security cabinet meeting expected to discuss response to rocket fire. Security forces searching for rockets' exact landing site

Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip fired three Qassam rockets Sunday morning at the western Negev.

 

Security forces were working to locate the exact landing site. There were no reports of injuries or damage. One of the rockets landed near a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev area. 

 

The rockets were launched only several hours before a political-security cabinet meeting expected to discuss responses to the developments in the Gaza Strip.

 

Prime Minister's Ehud Olmert's associates noted that the meeting would be held as part of the process of drawing lessons from the interim Winograd report on the mishandling of the Second Lebanon War.

 

The prime minister seeks to deepen the ministers' knowledge on what is happening inside the Strip, particularly on issues threatening the security of Israel's citizens.

 

Some of the ministers taking part in the security-political cabinet believe that the IDF should expand its operation inside the Strip. Olmert believes that the response should be cautious due to Israel's sensitive security situation.

 

Defense Minister Amir Peretz has recently been working to expand the IDF's authority to respond, mainly to rocket fire.

 

A poll published Saturday night revealed that ninety-three percent of Sderot residents feel the security situation in the city is bad or very bad, while 94 percent blame the government for the continued Qassam attacks.

 

The poll, conducted by Professor Yitzhak Katz of the Maagar Mochot research institute, was carried out for Sderot's security staff, and showed consensus among voters for different parties, who all agreed that there is no security in Sderot.

 

Some 55 percent of the younger respondents and 39 percent of the adult respondents stated that they have considered or are currently considering leaving the city.

 

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