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Qassam rocket (archives) Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman
Qassam rocket (archives) Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman

Qassam hits open area in Negev

Rocket alert system activated at around 9:10 am Sunday in Sderot, nearby communities. Qassam explodes near border fence in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council; no injuries or damage reported

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 02.22.09, 09:38 / Israel News

A Qassam rocket exploded Sunday morning in an open area near the border fence in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


The Color Red rocket alert system was activated at around 9:10 am in the southern town of Sderot and the nearby communities, following the launching of a Qassam rocket from the Gaza Strip. A loud blast was heard in the area shortly afterwards.


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Palestinian gunmen have continued firing rockets from Gaza even after the three-week Israeli offensive in the Strip, despite the talks for a renewed truce between Israel and Hamas.


On Saturday night, a rocket hit southern Ashkelon at around 10:20 pm after an air raid siren sounded in the city's southern industrial zone. There were no injuries and no damage was caused.


Friday saw some 10 mortar shells fired at the western Negev communities. Some of them landed on Palestinian territory. Military sources estimated that the barrage was the first stage of a combined terror attack, which failed. An IDF force operating near the Kissufim crossing fired back at the gunmen.


On Thursday evening, a Grad rocket exploded in an open area near the town of Netivot. Two hours earlier, a rocket landed near Sderot. There were no reports of injuries or damage in both incidents.


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