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Terrorists fire at Israel

Anti-rocket alert activated in southern Israel, but mortar shell lands in Palestinian territory

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 09.05.09, 22:14 / Israel News

Palestinian terrorists fired a mortar shell towards southern Israel Saturday night; however, the shell landed in Palestinian territory near the border fence.

 

No injuries or damages were reported in the attack. The incident prompted the activation of the Color Red anti-rocket alert system in some southern communities.

 

Sha'ar Hanegev local council head Alon Shuster was in a meeting with members of a southern kibbutz Saturday when the alarm went off.

 

"I again saw the fear and anxiety in the eyes of the people, and one of the members rushed outside to look for her four-year-old daughter," he said. "You see the people and you know that as opposed to what is being portrayed, things have not changed much, and again we have those 10 to 15 seconds to take cover."

 

Shuster added that while he realizes Hamas is not responsible for the attacks, "they can certainly prevent it."

 

"Just like they acted when the eliminated al-Qaeda's activists, they can act similarly now but they're not doing everything. To my great regret, I do not see in recent days a situation of deterrence and an equation that includes a response to the fire," he said. "In the past 10 days, the fire from the Gaza Strip has resumed. If they tell me this is the price ahead of Gilad Shalit's release, I'm willing to take back my words. But to my great regret, this is not what's happening apparently."

 

Palestinian terrorists also fired a mortar shell at Israel Friday. IDF troops returned fire to the launch sites. No injuries were reported on the Israeli side following the attack. However, Gaza Strip sources reported that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy succumb to his wounds after being hurt by IDF fire.

 

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