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Election night: Qassam hits south

Anti-rocket alert activated as Election Day draws to close; no injuries, damages reported

South under attack even on Election Day: About 30 minutes before polling stations closed Tuesday night, a Qassam rocket was fired at the Western Negev. The rocket exploded in an open area, causing no injuries or damages.


Throughout the day, security teams and police officers were deployed on high alert in the south for fear of Qassam attacks. The Color Red anti-rocket alert system was activated as the elections were drawing to a close, and shortly thereafter an explosion was reported in the area.


A kibbutz resident told Ynet: "We heard the Red Color alert, and following a quiet day it scared us for a moment. We entered the protected areas and after a few minutes we realized the landing site was far away from us."


"We were warned the whole day to be alert to rocket fire that could disrupt Election Day, yet gladly this did not happen," the local resident said. "We hope this was just a one-time attack and not something that will continue throughout the night."


The last rocket was fired at Israel Sunday morning and exploded at a southern parking lot. Nobody was hurt in the attack but vehicles in the area were damaged. A short while later, the Air Force struck Hamas buildings in the northern and southern Gaza Strip.


פרסום ראשון: 02.10.09, 22:51
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