Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman
Qassam rocket (Archive photo)
Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman
2 Qassams land in western Negev; Israel closes Gaza crossings
Ceasefire violated once again as rockets fired by Palestinians in north Gaza land in Israeli territory; Barak orders closure of goods crossings in response to attacks

In yet another violation of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the armed Palestinian groups in Gaza, a Qassam rocket fired from the northern Strip Monday afternoon landed in an open field near a western Negev kibbutz. No injuries or damage were reported, and sappers were dispatched to the rocket's landing site.


At around 16:35 pm the "Color Red" siren sounded, and a few seconds later an explosion was heard just outside the southern town.


At around 8 pm another rocket fired from northern Gaza landed near a kibbutz located within Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council limits. No injuries or damage were reported in that attack either. 


Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his deputy, Matan Vilnai decided to close the Gaza borders to all goods crossings on Tuesday in response

to the Qassam rocket fire towards Israel.


Last week a similar response was enacted.


More than 20 rockets were fired toward Israel since the ceasefire went into effect in June. On Tuesday a rocket fired by Palestinians in north Gaza landed in a kibbutz located within the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council limits. The Qassam landed in an open area, causing no injuries or damage.


Two days prior to that attack a rocket exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council area in south Israel. About two weeks ago another Qassam fired from Gaza landed near a kindergarten in Sderot. No injuries were reported. 


פרסום ראשון: 08.25.08, 17:16
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