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Ducking for cover in Beersheba Photo: Roee Idan
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Grad rocket (archive) Photo: Amir Cohen
Grad rocket (archive) Photo: Amir Cohen

Rocket explodes near Beersheba; no injuries

(Video) Siren sounded in southern city before grad rocket hits open area outside Beersheba

Ilana Curiel
Published: 08.15.11, 23:55 / Israel News

VIDEO - A grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area outside Beersheba on Monday. No injuries or damage were reported.


Many residents rushed to shelters as a siren sounded throughout the city.


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Beersheba 'tent city' protestors take cover during air raid siren

The rocket exploded as members of the Trachtenberg Committee were visiting Beersheba's social protest tent site. Protesters were forced to flee the site in order to take cover at a nearby educational center as the siren blared.


Menachem Yidov, from the nearby town of Meitar took cover with his family under a concrete ceiling in his house for lack of a proper fortified space. "My kids were running around, it was a bit tense. Two minutes later three blasts were heard from afar," he said.


Following the explosion, Beersheba Mayor Rubik Danilovitch said  that he plans to ask Defense Minister Ehud Barak to redeploy an Iron Dome battery in the city.  


Last Thursday, a Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded near a kibbutz in the Shaar HaNegev regional council.



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