Qassam rocket (Archive photo)
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Sderot: Man moderately-to-seriously injured by Qassam

New wave of Qassam attacks hits Sderot, which suffers 6 direct hits; man moderately-to-seriously injured, 2 lightly injured

A man was moderately-to-seriously injured by a Qassam rocket that landed in the southern city of Sderot on Sunday morning. Six rockets have been fired at the city since Saturday night, police said, adding that two people were lightly injured in the latest attack.


A rocket was also fired at the Eshkol residential area in the Western Negev. No injuries were reported.


The injured have been taken to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.


On Sunday morning, Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip launched two Qassam rockets into the city of Sderot. One of the rockets landed near a gas station next to the city. The second rocket landed in open agricultural land near the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No one was hurt, and no damage was caused. 


Saturday night, two Qassam rockets were fired into a western Negev town. A short time after midnight, one of the rockets hit next to a residential building in the town and caused general panic. The second rocket landed in an open area next to the town. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.


Palestinian gunmen fired two rockets at the south of the western Negev Friday. One of the rockets landed next to the fence of a kibbutz. According to figures from the Yesha Council's rescue center, the second rocket that landed in Israeli territory was the 1,000th rocket to land in Israel since the beginning of 2006.


The IDF has been operating in the Gaza Strip since Friday night with the objective of stopping the Qassam rocket firing into Israel.


The IDF has emphasized that this is not a return operation, but deployment within Palestinian territory in order to identify terrorists and Qassam cells and to strike at them. Two armed Palestinians were killed Saturday during an operation in Beit Lahiya.


Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal is slated to meet Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and Education Minister Yuli Tamir on Sunday. Moyal said, "I assume that the situation of Sderot is known to all the officials and I understand that the meeting was called following the recent events."


Sunday, elementary schools in Sderot will open their doors again, except for one group of students going on a field trip in Tel Aviv.


פרסום ראשון: 11.19.06, 01:50
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