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Qassam in Sderot Photo: AFP
Qassam in Sderot Photo: AFP
 
 

Qassam fire at Israel renewed

More rockets fired at Israel starting Saturday morning, after day of relative lull in south; no injuries or damage reported in attack. PRC claims responsibility for attack, says it is response to Gaza strike Friday

Yonat Atlas
Latest Update: 02.16.08, 20:10 / Israel News

Following day a of relative calm in the south, Palestinian terrorists renewed the Qassam attacks on Israel Saturday, firing eight rockets at western Negev communities during the morning and afternoon hours. At least two more rockets were fired later in the evening and landed near a southern kibbutz.

 

The earlier rockets landed in open fields in the Shaar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Eshkol regional councils. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

 

The Popular Resistance Committees’ military wing, the Salah al-Din Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

 

The organization’s spokesman, Abu Mujhad, told Ynet that “this is the initial response to the massacre committed by the IDF against women and children yesterday.” Mujhad said that other attacks were still to come.

 

One Qassam was launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip Friday, landing near the Gaza border fence.

 

On Thursday, gunmen fired 11 Qassams, one of which landed in the yard of home in the Netiv Haasara community, causing some damage to nearby buildings. Another rocket hit a hothouse in the community, likewise damaging the structure.

 

Gaza strike 

Ayman Fayed, a senior member of the al-Quds Brigades – the Islamic Jihad's military wing – was killed Friday evening along with five of his family members in an explosion which took place at the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

 

Palestinian sources reported that seven people were killed in the blast and at least 40 others were injured.

 

According to the report, an Israel Air Force aircraft fired missiles at the home, causing great damage to the building and to nearby businesses.

 

The Hamas police, however, reported that the circumstances of the explosion were unclear. The IDF Spokesperson's Office said that it was unaware of an airstrike in that area and estimated that the blast was the result of a "work accident".

 

First Published: 02.16.08, 10:47

 

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