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Qassam fired from Gaza following Netanyahu visit

Several hours after Netanyahu toured Gaza vicinity communities, Hamas fires rocket at Israel, which explodes on Palestinian side of fence. No injuries or damage reported

Shmulik Hadad
Published: 09.21.10, 22:42 / Israel News

Rocket fire from Gaza continues. Just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas and armed militants in Gaza on Tuesday about continuing fire, they reacted by firing a Qassam rocket, which exploded in Palestinian territory and caused no damage or injuries.


Residents of one of the nearby kibbutzim in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council immediately reported of a loud explosion heard in the area, however a Color Red Alert was not activated. Security forces who investigated the source of the explosion concluded it was a Qassam rocket that had landed on the Palestinian side of the fence.


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Earlier on Tuesday, the prime minister toured Ashkelon and Sderot. During his visit, Netanyahu issued a warning to Hamas about firing at Israel. "Our commitment is first and foremost to security and I advise Hamas and other organizations not to test our resolve to react with fire," Netanyahu said in Ashkelon, where he was presented with missile particles launched at the city.


During his visit in the south, Netanyahu stated that his warnings have reduced the number of missiles launched from Gaza. "I have determined that rocket fire warrants an immediate response, and this has reduced the fire. We responded to recent shooting by hitting Hamas targets, including a senior Hamas official. We will continue with this policy."



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