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Qassam lands in western Negev (archive) Photo: Tsafrir Abayov
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Qassam rocket lands in western Negev, no injuries

Palestinians fire rocket from northern Gaza for first time since last Wednesday

Yonat Atlas
Published: 08.09.08, 19:05 / Israel News

A Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza landed in an open area belonging to the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council early Saturday evening. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.

 

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Another rocket landed in the same region last Wednesday, also causing no injuries. The 'Color Red' rocket alert sirens sounded throughout Sderot and the other communities neighboring Gaza.

 

The area has been relatively quiet since Israel signed a ceasefire agreement with Hamas and other Palestinian groups in Gaza, though intermittent rocket and mortar fire has been recorded every several days.

 

On Wednesday the Qassam rocket landed as thousands gathered near Kibbutz Kissufim to mark the third anniversary of the disengagement from Gaza and the evacuation of Gush Katif.

 

Rally organizer Ohad Bart told Ynet the "escape" from Gaza had only emboldened terror organizations. Yesha Council Spokesman Yishai Hollander added to Bart's sentiment, saying that "Those who thought the disengagement would enable us to get away from terror realized that terror is chasing them," he said.

 

"We're being hit by Qassams and mortar shells across the south. By now, everyone knows that the withdrawal led to a sharp rise in terror. There's nobody who thinks otherwise today."

 

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