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Qassam landing site (Archive) Photo: AFP
Qassam landing site (Archive) Photo: AFP
 
 

6 Qassams explode in western Negev

Although Gaza factions declared temporary truce at Egypt's request, western Negev still subject to constant rocket attacks. But one kibbutz member says area's residents undeterred

Ilana Curiel
Latest Update: 12.23.08, 18:18 / Israel News

Despite the temporary ceasefire declared by the armed Palestinian factions, the rocket attacks on Israel have not stopped.

 

Six Qassam rockets were fired at the western Negev from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Two landed in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council, two others exploded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, and another landed near the secuity fence separating Israel from Gaza. No injuries were reported in the attacks, but slight damage was caused to a building.

 

The sixth rocket fell near a kibbutz in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council at around 6:10 pm. No injuries or damage were reported. 

 

Meanwhile, the residents of the Gaza vicinity communities are trying to maintain their daily routine and celebrate the Hanukkah holiday despite the constant threat.

 

"We insist on lighting up the dark corners and go on with our lives," said Shlomi Ilan, a member of one of the kibbutzim in the Eshkol Regional Council.

 

"We are here because we decided to be here, and we're paying a substantial price, but we won't be moved," he added. "Some people are finding it harder to deal with the situation than others, but we're trying to help each other cope."

 

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar said Tuesday that his organization was willing to renew the truce in Gaza if Israel adheres to the terms that have been agreed upon last June.

 

Speaking with Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram, al-Zahar said that the movement would reassess the situation in Gaza once the 24 hours during which Hamas vowed to halt rocket fire come to an end.

 

First Published: 12.23.08, 13:02

 

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