Qassam rocket (Archive photo)
Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman

Rocket fired at western Negev

Qassam lands near kibbutz in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council; none injured. Prime minister, foreign minister to discuss on Wednesday Israel's response to ongoing fire from Gaza

A Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an open field near a kibbutz in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council Wednesday morning. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.


The rocket exploded while students were on heading to schools and kindergartens and the sound of the blast caused a panic in the area.


The Qassam was not located and probably sunk in the ground due to Tuesday night's rain. The kibbutz in question has not yet been fortified and works are slated to begin soon.


Sha'ar Hanegev Council head Alon Shuster said the rocket was "another painful reminder of the reality we live in and emphasizes our rightful fight for fortification, that we are happy to see has partly ended. We still expect the government to put a complete end to the attacks".


The issue of the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza is expected to dominate the agenda at a Wednesday morning meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni.


The narrowest forum in the Israeli government will convene to discuss the current policies employed in regards to the Palestinian Authority. This ahead of several key events on the horizon - the approaching expiration of the truce with Gaza's armed groups on December 19th, the possible elections in the Palestinian Authority on January 9th and the inauguration of the Obama Administration on January 20th.


Livni, who called the meeting, is demanding an Israeli response to every rocket or shell fired from Gaza.

"Fire must be answered with fire," she said.


"I don't care what the return address on the missile is, as far as I'm concerned Hamas is responsible for all artillery fired from Gaza."


Roni Sofer contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 12.10.08, 08:24
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