Qassam rocket (archives)
Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman

2 rockets hit western Negev

Qassams fired from Gaza land in open areas within Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council; no injuries reported. In response, Israeli aircraft bomb smuggling tunnels under Gaza-Egypt border

Two Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning hit open areas in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


In response, Israeli aircraft bombed seven smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border on Wednesday afternoon, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. There were no reports of casualties. The Israel Air Force has attacked close to 30 tunnels since the Israeli offensive in Gaza in response to the rocket fire.


Despite Hamas' declaration of a ceasefire following Operation Cast Lead, Palestinian gunmen have continued firing several rockets and mortar shells almost every day, making life very difficult for southern Israel's residents.


The Israel Defense Forces has responded to these rockets by bombing Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, including weapon smuggling tunnels.


No rockets were fired into Israel on Tuesday, but Monday saw two Qassams hit the Sha'ar Hanegev council, damaging a kibbutz fence. Several workers standing next to one of the rocket's landing site were unharmed.


The same day the IDF thwarted a terror attack near the Kissufim crossing, as soldiers spotted gunmen attempting to plant an explosive device near the border fence and an assault helicopter opened fire at a suspicious vehicle approaching the fence.


Hanan Greenberg and Reuters contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 02.25.09, 08:46
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