The Qassam fire toward Israel is continuing despite the IDF’s extensive activity against rocket cells in northern Gaza. Eight Qassams were fired toward Israel from Gaza on Wednesday; no injuries were reported.
Two rockets landed in open areas between Kibbutz Beeri and Kibbutz Alumim in the western Negev; at around 2 p.m. a rocket landed in an open area between Nativ Ha’asara and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai.
The attacks continued in the afternoon hours, with three Qassams fired toward Sderot; one rocket landed near the town’s industrial zone while the two others apparently landed in open areas. An hour later two more rockets were launched toward the western Negev area; one caused damage to the greenhouses in Nativ Ha’asara, while the second landed in the Kibbutz Zikim region.
On Tuesday, five Qassams were fired toward southern Ashkelon. Two of the rockets landed near Kibbutz Zikim, one fell in Kibbutz Karmiya, one in the area of the Nativ Ha’asara community and the fifth landed in Ashkelon's industrial zone, just south of the town.
The IDF retaliated with artillery fire toward Qassam launching pads in northern Gaza.
‘Not enough is being done’
The constant Qassam fire is forcing the residents of Nativ Ha’asara to deal with another related problem, as Thai workers have slowly begun to desert the community for places less susceptible to rocket attacks.
According to Zuri Segal, the community’s deputy security coordinator, the situation is deteriorating and no one is providing a solution.
“Just today the head Thai worker left and we fear others will follow. We are afraid of a major economic blow to the community,” he said.
“We think the Israeli government must do something about it.”
During the day western Negev residents went in and out of their communities’ security rooms. Many expressed their indignation with the fact that even the IDF’s retaliation has not deterred the Qassam rocket launchers.
“We hear the IDF and the Palestinians firing simultaneously, which is an absurd situation in itself,” one resident said.
“We feel that not enough is being done about this.”