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Rockets land near western Negev school
Twelve Qassams fired at Sderot and western Negev from northern Gaza Thursday. Two rockets land near school in Eshkol Regional Council; no injuries reported. Attack on Sderot causes several people to suffer shock

Eleven Qassam rockets were fired at the western Negev Thursday morning. Three rockets landed in Sderot, causing several people to suffer shock and damaging a shed close to a residential house, as well as some vehicles.

 

Firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish a fire caused by the rockets.

 

Two rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council and landed near a school.

 

Six other rockets landed in open fields in the western Negev. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

 

Hamas' Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the rocket fire on Sderot.


Shed damaged by rocket in Sderot Thursday morning (Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman)

 

"The woman who owns the shed left the warehouse only minutes prior to the attack," one of the neighbors told Ynet. "Most of the houses on this street are very old, and most have not been fortified.

 

"They keep talking about miracles here, but you can't keep trusting miracles to happen. We are still waiting for our houses to be fortified," he stated.

 

IDF and IAF forces have been operating in Gaza Strip since Wednesday night, as armor and Golani forces killed six gunmen in the area – five of whom were Hamas operatives and one an Islamic Jihad member.

 

According to Palestinian reports, IDF forced operated in northern Gaza Strip towns of Beit Hanoun and Jabalya, killing a schoolteacher and six gunmen. The IDF confirmed the attack, citing it targeted a Qassam cell.

 

Thursday's IDF strike came after a Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza Wednesday landed near a kindergarten at a western Negev kibbutz, lightly injuring a two-year old toddler and a 12-year old girl.

 

The two were taken to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, where they – and the toddler's mother, who suffered shock – were treated. A third rocket fired Wednesday hit a Sderot house, causing considerable damage.

 

Yonat Atlas, Ali Waked and Hanan Greenberg contributed to this report

 


First published: 02.07.08, 09:35
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