Photo: Din VeHeshbon
Qassam landing site
Photo: Din VeHeshbon
Qassam salvo hits western Negev
Palestinians fire 18 Qassams at Sderot, Negev area; one girl lightly wounded, several people suffer shock, no damage reported. Islamic Jihad, PRC claim responsibility for launch

A Qassam barrage hit the western Negev Wednesday, as Palestinians fired 18 Qassam rockets at Sderot. One girl was lightly wounded in the leg by shrapnel, and several other people suffered shock.


Both the Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades and the Popular Resistance Committees' Salah al-Din Brigades claimed responsibility for the rockets, which landed – all but one – in open areas.


The salvo followed Tuesday's IDF operation in Gaza, which according to Palestinian sources left six dead.


Following the attacks, Magen David Adom emergency services raised the alert level in town to the maximum, and doubled the number of ambulances and ICU vehicles on call.


Home Front Command representatives and Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal met in town to asses the situation, and decide whether to allow schools to open Thursday.


IDF forces detained some 40 Palestinians for questioning during the operation and several of them were taken in for further interrogation by security forces.


Meanwhile, the High Court is expected to hear a petition filed by Sderot's residents, regarding the fortification of city homes.


The residents claim the State must provide them with suitable fortification measures; the State rebutted, claiming there is no legislation obligating it to fortify each ands every home in the city.


Ali Waked contributed to this report 


First published: 12.12.07, 09:10
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