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Attacks continue; rocket hits Kiryat Gat
Loud explosion rocks southern town after anti-rocket siren activated; IDF strikes Gaza

Rocket attacks continue: A loud explosion was heard in the Kiryat Gat region in southern Israel Thursday evening after the anti-rocket Color Red siren was activated.



Officials said that a rocket apparently landed in an open area in the town's vicinity. No injuries were reported in the latest attack but two people were treated for anxiety.  


Later Thursday, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that the IDF attacked a terror cell near the border fence east of Gaza City. One Palestinian was reportedly wounded in the strike.


After a long period of quiet, rocket attacks from Gaza have resumed recently and are again embittering the lives of southern residents. A rocket exploded in the same area in Kiryat Gat Wednesday evening.


The anti-rocket Iron Dome system, which registered great success stories in countering incoming projectiles, is not currently deployed in the area. Iron Dome batteries are now deployed elsewhere in the country as part of tests.


At this time there is no intention to deploy the systems in the Gaza region again, unless a dramatic escalation necessitates such move.


On Wednesday, a Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded near a Bedouin tent in the south, moderately wounding 55-year-old Fatma Saria. In response to Wednesday's attacks, the IDF struck targets in the Gaza Strip early Thursday.



First published: 04.08.11, 20:36
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