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Qassam rocket (Archives) Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman
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Qassam explodes in Negev; no injuries

Rocket fired by Palestinians in north Gaza lands between Sha'ar Hanegev , Sdot Negev regional councils; forces searching for exact landing site

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 02.15.09, 23:36 / Israel News

A Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza Sunday night landed in an open area between the Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev regional councils in south Israel. There were no reports of injury or damage.

 

At approximately 11:05 pm the Color Red alert system sounded in a number of Gaza vicinity communities, and residents reported of a loud explosion shortly thereafter.

 

Security forces were scouring the area in search of the rocket's exact landing site.

 

Earlier Sunday, a senior Hamas figure reported of a "significant breakthrough" in the Gaza ceasefire talks held in Egypt. Should everything proceed as it has been, added the source, the ceasefire may take effect within hours.

 

Friday evening saw a Grad land within Hevel Yavne Regional Council limits. The rocket reportedly landed near a local community around 8:00 pm, and its remains were discovered and dismantled in an agricultural field by police sappers on Saturday morning.

 

It constitutes the farthest-reaching rocket fired at Israel since the end of the IDF offensive in Gaza.

The rocket alert system did not sound, prompting the Home front Command to establish a committee to investigate the apparent malfunction.

 

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