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Army hits launching sites

IDF directs artillery fire at Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks on Israeli targets

Escalation in the South? IDF forces struck at Qassam rocket launching sites and access roads in the northern Gaza Strip Thursday morning, after Qassam rockets were fired at the southern town of Sderot.


Another rocket landed near Gaza’s Erez crossing. No injuries were reported in the Qassam strikes.


Two rockets were fired at Sderot around 2 a.m. Thursday but the exact landing location has not yet been pin-pointed. The town’s spokesman said no injuries or damage were reported.


Following the attacks, the IDF fired artillery shells at the launching sites and later struck at access roads to them. The army said the strikes aimed to “hamper the movement of terrorists to launching sites and thwart repeated attempts by terror organizations to hurt Israeli citizens.”


Wednesday night, the Air Force fired three missiles at a vehicle traveling in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, killing a commander in the Popular Resistance Committees.


Difficult night


Sderot residents said last night was one of the most difficult they could remember as a result of the army’s activity and the heavy shelling in the area. The locals also said the “Red Dawn” advance warning system was not activated.


One resident said: “I called the municipal call center to find out whether this was Qassam fire or IDF activity and they couldn’t tell me because the system wasn’t activated. We sat with the kids in the room the whole night with them being very frightened and just waited for morning to arrive.”


Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal said he also did not sleep much last night.


“As a result of the dozens of phone calls by frightened residents and particularly heavy shelling by the IDF, the residents simply woke up from the booms and the firing, and we’re trying to function in this impossible situation as well.”


Meanwhile, many locals debated whether to send their kids to school Thursday. Past experience shows that attendance at local schools tends to be light following IDF targeted assassinations in Gaza.


פרסום ראשון: 12.08.05, 08:19
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