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Qassam. Will attacks stop? (Archive photo)
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Qassam rocket fired at Sderot

Despite intra-Palestinian agreement to halt Gaza-based attacks, rocket strikes continue

The “Red Dawn” alert system was activated again Monday, after a Qassam rocket was fired at the southern town of Sderot.


The Qassam apparently landed in a field outside the town. No injuries were reported. The Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the latest attack.


Another two Qassam rockets were fired at Sderot Sunday night. One rocket landed in the town itself, and the other one nearby. No injuries or damages were reported in this attack as well.


West Bank escalation


Troops belonging to counter-terror unit Duvdevan operated in the West Bank town of Kabatiya throughout Sunday night, and killed two Islamic Jihad terrorists in a shootout near Jenin, including Hadera bombing mastermind Jihad Awidat, who sent the suicide bomber on his deadly mission.


The soldiers recovered a protective vest and a Kalashnikov rifle near Awidat’s body. No injuries were reported among IDF troops.


In another incident that took place in Kabatiya during the night, IDF troops shot and killed a terrorist belonging to a cell involved in attempts to place explosives in the area.


Earlier, the Palestinian Authority announced that it reached an agreement with the various factions and terror organizations whereby they would refrain from launching Qassam rocket or terror attacks from Gaza against Israel.


The official announcement was made to representatives of the Quartet, which includes the U.S., the EU, Russia and the U.N.


Later, senior Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza Khaled al-Batash confirmed that his group agreed to end Qassam rocket attacks from Gaza.

Al-Batash told journalists in the Strip the Islamic Jihad accepts the agreement reached with the Palestinian Authority and noted his group would honor the deal as long as Israel ends its Gaza attacks.


Hamas also confirmed an agreement was reached and said it was committed to the lull in violence.


פרסום ראשון: 10.31.05, 19:13
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