Qassam rocket (archives)
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Qassam lands near Ashkelon; no injuries

Rocket explodes in open area near local kibbutz. Crossings to Gaza remain closed due to ongoing rocket fire

A Qassam rocket exploded Monday afternoon in an open area near a kibbutz south of the city of Ashkelon. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


Palestinian gunmen launched a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip at around 3 pm. Residents in the area reported hearing a loud explosion.


On Sunday, a Qassam rocket launched from northern Gaza landed in an open area in the southern town of Sderot. Paramedics treated one woman for shock, although she refused to let them evacuate her to a hospital for additional treatment.


Another rocket landed in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. In addition, a barrage of five mortar shells landed in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.


Following the ongoing rocket fire, Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the security establishment on Sunday evening to leave the Gaza crossings closed on Monday as well. Barak made the decision after consulting his deputy, Knesset Member Matan Vilnai, and other officials.


Also Monday, a Libyan ship trying to deliver aid to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip turned back in the face of an Israeli naval blockade, according to Palestinian officials.


The ship, Al-Marwa, sailed instead to a port in neighboring Egypt. It left Libya last Monday, carrying 3,000 tons of food, medicine and other aid, Palestinian and Libyan officials said.


פרסום ראשון: 12.01.08, 15:32
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