Photo: Yehudit Mor
Qassams are continuing
Photo: Yehudit Mor
Photo: Reuters
IDF operating in the area
Photo: Reuters

5 Qassam rockets land in south

Qassam attacks continue as five rockets land in southern Israel; security officials say firing will continue while IDF operates in area; local residents plan demonstration, say 'government just doesn't care'

Five Qassam rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza on Wednesday. All of the rockets fell in the vicinity of Kibbutz Karmiya and Kibbutz Zikim, south of Ashkelon, and one rocket fell in the Mediterranean Sea. A number of other rockets fell in the territory of the Palestinian Authority.


The "Red Dawn" rocket warning system identified the launches and sounded off, alerting local residents.


In recent days, most of the rockets have fallen in an area south of Ashkelon, and the area remains on high alert. Security officials said they believed the rocket fire would continue in the coming hours and into the night.


Lachish District Commander Effie Mor said that the rockets were being fired due to IDF operations south of the area. "As a district we are prepared for all rockets being fired at all times. As a model, we have the Sderot station, a model which works very well."


'Government has simply forgotten us'


Southern Command Chief Yoav Galant visited Sderot Wednesday, and was briefed by its mayor on Qassam rocket attacks on the southern city, and the feelings of many residents that nothing is being done.


Flyers were handed out in communities bordering Gaza calling on local residents to arrive for demonstration on Friday at Yad Mordechai Junction.


The flyers called on residents to "make sure we are not forgotten. We set up a forum that will concentrate our activities, so that our voices are heard, and for the security of the residents. We heard that many friends think that the Qassam rockets should be hidden so as not to harm the local economy. We understand the fear, but we turn to every one of you as an individual and call on you not to be silent, but rather to come and take part in our activities. Every community takes care of protecting its residents, but that's not all. The government has simply forgotten us." The flyers were signed by the "No More Qassams Forum."


פרסום ראשון: 03.01.06, 22:13
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