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Shell launching in Gaza (archives) Photo: AP
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Qassam, mortar shell land in south

Palestinians continue to attack Gaza vicinity communities; alert system in western Negev kibbutz fails to go off

Ilana Curiel
Latest Update: 12.04.08, 19:20 / Israel News

A Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip landed in an open area near Sderot on Thursday evening. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


On Thursday morning, a mortar shell fired from Gaza landed in an open field near a western Negev kibbutz. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.


Mickey Levy, who serves as the deputy security officer of the local regional council told Ynet: "The alert system did not go off. Unfortunately, people here have become used to the mortar shells."


Multiple mortar shell barrages at the Gaza-vicinity communities have been registered in recent days. At least 15 mortar shells were fired at the region on Wednesday, as well as several Qassam rockets.


According to the communal security officers in the area, the Palestinians were apparently encouraged by the success of their last week's attack on an IDF base in Nahal Oz, which left eight soldiers injured, one of them seriously.


The Palestinians are targeting bases and communities in the Shaar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Eshkol regional councils. The IDF has been operating helicopters and other aircraft to counter these attacks and thwart them.


First Published: 12.04.08, 11:38


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