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IAF strikes in Gaza; 4 rockets hit south

Four Qassams explode in Sdot Negev, Eshkol regional councils without causing injuries or damage. Earlier, Air Force attack arms warehouse in northern Strip, tunnels on Philadelphi route

Four Qassam rockets exploded in southern Israel on Sunday morning. Two of the rockets hit open areas within the Sdot Negev Regional Council, and the other two landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


On Saturday night, the Israel Air Force attacked an arms warehouse in the northern Gaza Strip and two smuggling tunnels on the Philadelphi route in the southern Strip, in response to the firing of rockets and mortar shells into Israel in recent days.


The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Unit said that all targets were hit. There were no reports of injuries.


"The IDF views the Hamas organization as fully responsible for maintaining a state of calm in the southern Israeli communities, and the IDF will continue to respond harshly to any attempt to violate this calm," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement.


Earlier Saturday, the IAF attacked a tunnel in the Philadelphi route area after three rockets were launched in the morning hours into the Eshkol Regional Council and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council in southern Israel.


Shortly afterwards, Palestinian medical sources and eyewitnesses reported that one Palestinian gunmen had been killed and two had been injured in the northern Strip. According to eyewitnesses, the three were hurt in an IAF strike near the town of Beit Lahiya.


On Thursday night, a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area south of Ashkelon, near one of the kibbutzim in the area. There were no reports of injuries or damage.


Thursday saw a barrage of rockets hit the Sderot and Netivot area. The Air Force responded by attacking four smuggling tunnels on the Philadelphi Route in the southern Gaza Strip, on the border with Egypt. The IDF said all targets were hit.


One of the rockets fired Thursday landed near a synagogue in Netivot. The worshippers had left the place about two hours earlier, after completing the evening prayer. Luckily, only windowpanes were shattered.


פרסום ראשון: 03.08.09, 07:15
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