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Rocket hits south of Ashkelon

Rocket explodes near city, while another hits northwestern Negev; no injuries, damage reported in either attack

Ilana Curiel
Published: 02.17.12, 18:16 / Israel News

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded south of Ashkelon on Friday. The Color Red alert sounded across the city. A short while later, a Qassam rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in either attack


"It woke me up from my nap," Liat, an Ashkelon resident, told Ynet. "I heard the explosion; it sounded close. I'm not one of those who get scared, but there are people who are afraid to leave their homes for days after a rocket hits."


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Four Qassam rockets were fired from Gaza on Wednesday, hitting the western Negev. No injuries or damage were caused. It was the most significant barrage perpetrated in recent weeks.


Later Wednesday, the Palestinians reported that IAF helicopters fired at open areas in the Gaza Strip. The IDF said the fire was directed at specific targets, and came in response to the rocket fire.


Later that night, IAF aircraft struck two terror hubs in northern and central Gaza. An IDF statement said that the pilots reported destroying their marks.


"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or IDF soldiers and will continue to fight any element which employs terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror group is responsible for any such acts," the statement said.




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