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2 rockets fired at Sderot overnight

No injuries reported, al-Qaeda-linked group says fire was retaliation for abuse of Palestinian inmates

Tova Dadon
Published: 09.20.09, 08:23 / Israel News

Residents of southern Israel were awakened late Saturday night by the Color Red alert, after two rocket launches were identified from the northern Gaza Strip towards Sderot. No injuries or damage have been reported so far.

 

Ansar al-Suna, an al-Qaeda-linked terror organization, claimed responsibility for the fire and said the rockets possessed a double warhead.

 

The organization says the fire was retaliation for attacks on female Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons. "A number of (female) inmates have fallen victim to indecent assault by the wardens," it stated, adding that it would continue to attack Israel.

 

On Wednesday reports said a warden from Hasharon Prison was interrogated on suspicion that he assaulted a female inmate. The warden was placed on mandatory furlough pending the results of the investigation, and the prisoner was transferred.

 

The investigation was launched following a complaint filed by the inmate, which claimed that the warden had abused her. The suspect has denied the allegations.

 

Ali Waked contibuted to this report

 

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