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Rocket hits south Ashkelon

Terror groups continue to target south; earlier Saturday, mortar shells fired from Gaza Strip

Shmulik Hadad
Latest Update: 02.21.09, 23:09 / Israel News

South under fire, again: A rocket landed in south Ashkelon around 10 pm Saturday, prompting residents to take cover in secured rooms.


The rocket attack was preceded by a warning siren activated in the southern section of the city. No injuries or damages were reported in the attack.


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Local resident Alexei told Ynet: "A siren was heard and I immediately entered the secured room. It's very nerve-racking." He added that just before the rocket struck he wrote in an online forum that he is concerned about the renewal of attacks on the city.


Ashkelon Deputy Mayor, Shlomo Cohen, who is in charge of security in the southern town, also expressed his concern about the continuation of infrequent attacks.


"This fire is certainly unacceptable to us. We must not agree to it," he said.


2 morter shells fired from Gaza

Earlier in the evening, two mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza , after Katyusha rockets exploded in the north earlier in the day.


The mortar shells apparently landed in Shaar HaNegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported, and security forces were seeking to pin-point the landing sites. 


Amid talk of a materializing ceasefire in Gaza, terror organizations have continued to pelt Israel with rockets in recent weeks.


On Friday morning, 10 mortar shells were fired at the western Negev, some of them falling within Palestinian territory. IDF officials estimated that the shelling was the first step of a failed attempt at a more complex terror attack. The IDF force stationed at Kisufim crossing – towards whom the shells were aimed – returned fire.


On Thursday, a Grad rocket landed in open spaces near Netivot two hours after a rocket had exploded near Sderot. No injuries or damage were reported.


First Published: 02.21.09, 22:22


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