Qassam in Negev
Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman

Rocket barrages on south resume

More than 20 rockets fired from Gaza hit Sderot, western Negev area, causing property damage. Nightly military operations in Strip have IAF strike 70 targets

While Hamas said it was considering Egypt's ceasefire proposal, the attacks emanating from Gaza continued Thursday morning, with over 20 rockets landing in Israel's western Negev region. There were no reports of injuries.


Seven Qassams landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, and five more hit open areas in the Sderot area. One rocket landed in the front yard of a home in the southern city, damaging the building and several vehicles. A number of people were treated for shock. Another rocket landed near an educational institute.


Another rocket landed in Gderot Regional Council limits and was followed by yet another shooting at Eshkol. No injuries or damage were reported.


Thursday afternoon saw a rocket fired at Ofakim. The projectile landed in an open are, causing no harm.


Meanwhile, 11 IDF soldiers were lightly injured overnight in a number of incidents in north Gaza. The troops were evacuated to hospitals in Israel for treatment.


IDF forces operating in Gaza overnight hit 35 terrorists in a series of clashes in the northern Strip. Air Force fighter jets struck at 70 targets and naval warships provided backup for the ground troops; the IDF Spokesman's Unit said Thursday.


Sources in Gaza said 15 Palestinians were killed on Thursday in three separate incidents, including two Israel Air Force (IAF) strikes. Three of the Palestinians were killed in exchanges of fire with Israeli soldiers. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed that aircraft attacked in Gaza.


Gaza Health Ministry officials said the Israeli offensive has killed at least 1,028 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 300 children and teenagers. More than 4,500 Palestinians have been wounded, they said.


AP contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 01.15.09, 08:05
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