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2 rockets land outside Ashkelon

Two Palestinian rockets launched from Gaza land in open areas near southern Israeli city early Saturday evening, shortly after alert sirens sounded. No injuries reported

Roni Sofer
Published: 04.05.08, 19:47 / Israel News

Two Palestinian rockets landed in open areas on the outskirts of the southern city of Ashkelon on Saturday evening, no injuries have been reported and no damage was caused.


Residents reported rocket alert sirens sounded throughout their streets a short while before two loud explosions were heard.


Earlier in the day a Palestinian farmer was reported killed near the Gaza border by an errant shell fired by terror groups towards Israel. Medical officials in the Strip initially claimed the man had been struck by IDF artillery but local eyewitnesses said the explosion was the result of an unsuccessful launch attempt.


The army said that while troops patrolling the border earlier in the afternoon did indeed come under Palestinian fire, they did not respond to the anti-tank missile launched at them. No soldiers were wounded. 


On Friday Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter's personal assistant was lightly-to-moderately wounded by gunfire when the minister's entourage was targeted by Palestinian sniper fire while on a visit to the Nizmit hill outside Kibbutz Nir Am.


Yonat Atlas contributed to this report


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