Qassam rocket (archive photo)
Photo: Amir Cohen
Photo: Tzafriri Avayov
Ashkelon industrial zone
Photo: Tzafriri Avayov

Qassam lands in Ashkelon industrial zone

Rocket lands in area south of Ashkelon considered security-sensitive due to presence of many infrastructure installations; no injuries or damage reported

A Qassam rocket has landed in an industrial zone south of Ashkelon. There were no injuries or reported damage. In the past, a Qassam rocket fell in the area, which is thought to be sensitive from a security point of view, due to the presence of many infrastructure installations.


The rocket caused a large scare. One of the workers in the area told Ynet "we heard a very large boom, and this time we immediately understood that it fell close. Many workers went outside, where there was smoke, and many police officers are in the area."


"Our security people told us not to approach the area; it’s starting to be dangerous and scary, what's going on here," added the worker.


A rocket warning system, Red Dawn, has been installed in the area, but is not activated by the security forces, and therefore the system did not warn of the rocket launch.


After the last Qassam fell in the same area, the IDF launched operation “Blue Skies."


In recent days the Air Force has embarked an unprecedented attack on Qassam rocket launchers. On Wednesday morning, the number of armed Palestinians killed in IDF strikes in Gaza rose to 10.


Earlier, an IDF force fired on a group of armed Palestinians who were near the electronic fence in northern Gaza.


Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered the security forces to act with almost no limitations to strike at Palestinian terrorists until Qassam rocket attacks cease.


On Tuesday, two Qassam rockets fell in Sderot and in a western Negev community. The first rocket struck a home close to a kindergarten and caused damage. Children were called into a protected structure within the kindergarten. A cat which was in the area was killed from shrapnel.


Following the rocket strikes, employees of the Sderot Municipality went on strike.


The IDF responded to the rockets with artillery fire at the areas from which the Qassams were launched, directing fire at the Beit Hanun area in northern Gaza.


פרסום ראשון: 02.08.06, 15:01
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