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Qassam explodes in Negev; none injured
Rocket fired from Gaza Strip lands in open area in Eshkol Regional Council, causing no damage

After a week-and-a-half of relative calm, fire returns to the western Negev. A Qassam rocket exploded Monday night in an open area in Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of damage or injury.

 

Around 11:30 pm, an explosion was heard in Eshkol Regional Council. It quickly became apparently that the origin of the noise was a Qassam rocket.

 

The last rocket attack on the western Negev occurred on a Thursday, a week-and-a-half ago, when four rockets were launched at Israel.

 

One of the rockets landed in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, two more fell in the borders of the city of Ashkelon, and one landed near Sderot.

 

In the three prior rocket salvos no damage or injures were caused.

 

Some two weeks ago, the Israel Air Force responded to a barrage of rockets by striking a number of targets throughout the Strip.

 

The Palestinians reported that three Islamic Jihad operatives were killed in the strikes. Meanwhile, in Khan Younis in the central Strip, an empty house was damaged. No one was injured in the incident.

 

According to estimates, the three Islamic Jihad operatives were preparing to fire rockets at Israel. Shortly after the strike, some residual blasts where heard in the area. Medical sources in Gaza said the operatives' bodies where scorched upon their arrival to hospital.

 

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