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Gaza rocket barrage: 7 Qassams hit south
Palestinians fire seven Qassam rockets at Israel which explode in open areas in Shaar Hanegev Council; no injuries
Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council on Wednesday. No injuries or damage were reported.


The latest barrage saw five rockets fired at Israel just before 9 pm. A Color Red alarm was activated. Another rocket exploded in an open area at 6:30 pm. There were no injuries.


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Security elements estimated Wednesday that the Palestinians took advantage of the stormy weather and its effect on detection systems to launch the rockets. Shaar Hanehev residents were instructed to remain near fortified spaces for fear of further barrages.


Shaar Hanegev Council head Alon Schushter noted that just last Sunday he tried to convince cabinet ministers not to compromise grants given to Gaza vicinity communities.


Rina Mor-Yosef from Sderot said, "We had guests from Yavne and Ashkelon. Suddenly we heard a Color Red alarm and the ever familiar shrieking sound. We went down to the fortified room and heard some blasts. When we cam out we immediately had to go back down. Our guests said they didn’t understand how we could live like this, but this has been our way of life some years now."


Earlier on Wednesday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said that the Gaza Strip and Lebanon contained "two of the largest weapons depots I know. These systems are maintained by Iran and sadly by Russia who sends munitions to Syria to this very day."


Gantz added, "The Middle East is currently the fastest arming region in the world. The less encouraging news is that we are the target of this arming process and we need to keep that in mind."




First published: 01.02.12, 21:23
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