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Palestinians fire Qassam at Israel
IDF describes rocket attack as "over enthusiasm by Palestinians'
A Palestinian Qassam rocket landed near Kibbutz Yad Mordehai in the Negev on Monday afternoon, following the IDF’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.


The Red Dawn Qassam alert system in Sderot was activated by the attack.


Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youths demonstrated near the security fence. The protestors threw stones and shouted slogans at soldiers, but the army did not respond.


Earlier, towns on the Gaza border have recently expressed concern at being the target of Qassam rocket attacks on the day after the disengagement.


“This is exactly what we were worried about,” head of Nativ Haasara council, Pnina Ragolsky said. ” We have already warned the Defense Minister and senior officials in his Ministry about it.”


In a meeting with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz two weeks ago, the community’s representatives were assured that the fence and wall for their protection would be ready by the time the IDF pulls out of Gaza.


“In fact none of this has happened. There are all kinds of 'smart' fences here, but these cannot stop the mob outside. The soldiers are just standing there, and the people of the community are very anxious and worried,” Ragolsky said.


She added that she is also concerned for the well being of the people working in the hothouses and the fields.


“It is very easy to shoot at us from across the fence. We were given numerous promises that everything will be ready, but they have not even finished constructing the wall. We expect the Army and Defense Ministry to attend to our concerns,” she said.


"Over enthusiasm"


The people of Nativ Haasara are set to meet Monday with the commander of the army division stationed in the area.


The army will deploy troops around the community and across the surrounding hills. The residents however are still concerned that much harsher steps on the side of the Palestinians are still to come.


Despite the attack, the IDF sources have asked for calm.


“This is over enthusiasm by the Palestinians,” said an army source.


פרסום ראשון: 09.12.05, 19:02
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