Rocket barrage on Shabbat: Five Qassam rockets fired from northern Gaza landed in open areas near Sderot and south of Ashkelon. No injuries were reported in the attack, but a factory in Sderot's industrial zone sustained a direct hit..
The Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for the latest Qassam barrage.
Earlier Friday, the Islamic Jihad held a rally in Gaza in order to mark the 12th anniversary of former group leader Fathi Shaqaqi. Islamic Jihad members said latest Qassam barrage was meant to mark the anniversary, and also to express the group's protest over the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail earlier this week.
The rockets were fired a short time after Friday's meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ended. Among other issues, the two leaders discussed Israel's decision to cut off Gaza's power supply in response to Qassam attacks. During the meeting, Abbas said he opposes all the punitive measures planned by Israel in Gaza.
Prime Minister Olmert stressed that Israel had the right for self-defense and is obligated to protect its citizens. However, the PM said Israel will not be cutting off the power to strategic and humanitarian facilities in Gaza, such as hospitals.
Ali Waked contributed to the story