Qassam rocket in Negev (Archive photo)
Photo: Amir Cohen
Qassams damage Sderot factories
Two rockets fired from Gaza land in western Negev city's industrial zone; number of people suffer from shock; PRC claims responsibility, says attack response to assassination of senior member by IDF

Two Qassams fired by Palestinians in north Gaza landed in Sderot's industrial zone Tuesday morning, causing damage to two factories.


One rocket struck the warehouse of a kitchen manufacturing factory in the western Negev town, while the other landed in the parking lot of a nearby plant. A number of workers suffered from shock as a result of the explosions, and a female employee of one of the factories hurt her head while running for cover.


Scene of rocket attack (Photo: Zeev Trachtman)  


The Salah a-Din Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees' (PRC) military wing, and the Mujahedeen Brigades have claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.


PRC spokesman Abu Mujahid told Ynet that the attack was a "response to the assassination of Abu Sa'ad, one of the organization's senior members, who was assassinated by the IDF yesterday (Monday) at Beit Lahiya (in northern Gaza)."


Following Monday's suicide bombing in Dimona, also in the Negev, police forces deployed in the Sderot area for fear of Qassam attacks.


Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Shuster said the government "must immediately fortify the homes of the residents of Sderot and Gaza-vicinity communities.


"There is a budget and there are (building) plans – the fortification works must begin without hesitation because the situation will not get any better," he said.


On Monday four Qassams were fired toward Sderot, but no injuries or damage were reported.


Ali Waked contributed to the report


First published: 02.05.08, 09:34
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