Photo: Uri Yaari
Qassam rocket (Archive photo)
Photo: Uri Yaari

Rocket barrage directed at Sderot

Red Dawn alert system identifies three Qassams fired at southern town; rockets apparently land in open areas, no injuries reported. Elsewhere, Palestinian shot to death near Ramallah

Three Qassam rockets were fired at the southern town of Sderot Monday evening but left no injuries or damages after apparently landing in open areas near the community.


The "Red Dawn" alert system identified the launching of the rockets. Police and sappers were dispatched to the area in an attempt to pin-point the landing sites.


The latest rocket fire comes at a particularly sensitive junction, two days before the Palestinian Authority elections. Monday night marks the official end of PA election propaganda and Palestinians are forbidden from holding any further elections-related meetings before polling stations are opened.


Meanwhile, Palestinian sources reported a Palestinian was killed by the IDF near the West Bank town of Ramallah. The IDF said troops in the area spotted two Palestinians placing a suspicious object on the road. The forces reportedly followed the rules of engagements and eventually fired at the two figures, killing one of them. The second Palestinian apparently managed to flee.


However, Palestinian sources denied the two Palestinians were caught placing a bomb. The body of the Palestinian killed in the incident was recovered by the army and later handed over to the PA. Troops said the Palestinian shot to death appears to be 14 years old.


In a separate incident earlier Monday, an IDF soldier sustained light leg injuries after Palestinian gunmen opened fire at an army roadblock near the West Bank town of Jenin. The soldier was treated at the scene.


Elsewhere, Palestinians hurled three Molotov cocktails at an Israeli vehicle traveling east of the town of Qalqiliya. No injuries or damages were reported in that incident.


Efrat Weiss and Ali Waked contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 01.23.06, 23:00
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