Qassam rocket
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Qassam lands near Negev synagogue; no injuries
Rockets, mortar shell fired from Strip riddle Gaza vicinity communities as local synagogue suffers near miss. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility

Five Qassams rockets fired from northern Gaza landed in the western Negev Thursday. One of the rockets landed dangerously close to a synagogue in one of the Gaza-vicinity kibbutzim. The rocket did not explode, damaging only the other parameter of the building.


"This was a very close call; we could have had many casualties," one of the community's residents told Ynet. "The problem is that our houses are not fortified, and we've recently learned that the Housing Ministry and the contractors can't agree, which will create a setback for the whole thing."


The Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. In a similar incident last week, a rocket hit a Sderot synagogue, causing severe damage to the building.


Thursday morning saw Three Qassam rockets and three mortar shells fired from northern Gaza at Israel on Thursday. One Qassam rocket landed near a kibbutz south of Ashkelon, another landed in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council limits, and a mortar shell landed in the Nahal Oz area. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the incidents.


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