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2 rockets fired from Gaza; damage caused
Qassam explodes near kibbutz south of Ashkelon, damaging fence; another rocket hits open area in Sdot Negev Regional Council. No injuries reported

Two Qassam rockets were fired Monday morning from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev. One rocket landed in an open area in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, without causing injuries or damage.


The second rocket hit an open area near a kibbutz south of Ashkelon. There were no injuries, but the kibbutz fence sustained damage.


On Monday, a senior Islamic Jihad source told Ynet that the Hamas government in Gaza arrested 10 al-Quds Brigades gunmen recently for allegedly firing rockets at Israel.


According to the source, the men were arrested in the southern area of the Gaza Strip, near the town of Khan Younis. Among the detainees was a senior Jihad field commander. The latter, the source added, remains the only one in Hamas' custody, as the other nine were released, but only after they were abused and coerced into signing a statement declaring they would stop firing rockets at Israel.


Hamas' warnings aside, the source said that it was the Islamic Jihad's right to retaliate on the assassination of its operatives. "We don’t understand how we are expected to observe the ceasefire when the occupying forces violate it.


"It was only a few days ago that they killed one of our operatives, Khaled Sha'alan, and took out two others in the al-Maghazi refugee camp (in central Gaza) and a third in (the northern Gaza Strip town of) Beit Lahiya."


Sunday morning saw four Qassams fired at Israel's southern communities. Two rockets exploded in open areas in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. Shortly afterwards, two additional rockets hit the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage in all incidents.


פרסום ראשון: 03.10.09, 07:50
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