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Siren sounds in Beersheba Photo: Herzl Yosef
Siren sounds in Beersheba Photo: Herzl Yosef
 
 

Iron Dome intercepts Grad fired at Beersheba

Sirens heard in Negev's capital for first time since latest round of violence started. Two Islamic Jihad operatives killed in IAF strike

Ilana Curiel
Published: 11.11.12, 15:20 / Israel News

For the first time since the beginning of the latest round of violence, a Grad rocket was fired at the city of Beersheba. Two sirens sounded in the southern city shortly before 2 pm.

 

Residents reported hearing a blast. The Iron Dome defense system engaged and intercepted the rocket.

 

The fire prompted the Beersheba Municipality to advised parents to pick up their children from school early, as a precautionary measure. 

 

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Teachers were instructed to stay in schools and kindergartens until the school day was out. The city canceled all events scheduled for Sunday.

 

Avi, a local resident, said after picking up his daughters, "We can't leave them in school. There is no safe place there."

 

 
רצים לתפוס מחסה. באר שבע, היום (צילום:הרצל יוסף)

Running for cover at Beersheba today. (Photo: Herzel Yosef)

 

One of his daughters remarked, "We have no shelters, there's nothing. Everyone was crying when the alarm went off. We feel unsafe."

 

Meanwhile, it was reported that two Islamic Jihad operatives were killed in an Air Force strike in Gaza. IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is set to hold a special situation assessment later on Sunday.

 

Earlier on Sunday, three Israelis were lightly wounded as rockets hit Sderot and Shaar Hanegev.

 

They were taken to the Soroka and Barzilai medical centers. More than 60 rockets were fired at Israel's south since Saturday evening.

 

Yoav Zitun contributed to this report

 

 

 

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