Qassam in the Negev (Archive)
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Qassam rocket fired at Israel

Rocket lands near community in Sdot Negev Regional Council amidst talks of revived Mideast peace negotiations. No injuries or damage reported in attack

Palestinian gunmen fired a Qassam rocket from northern Gaza Strip at Israel early Saturday morning. The rocket exploded in an open field near a community in the Sdot Negev Regional Council after the Color Red alert was sounded.


No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.


The rocket launching took place only a day after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moom called on the Palestinian factions to unite in order to help revive the Middle East peace talks.


"It will be crucially important that the Palestinian peoples are united among themselves and should be able to carry on these negotiations," he told a news conference in Vienna.


Ban said that while a seven-year-old Arab League peace initiative provided a cornerstone for negotiations, "at the same time we also value ... bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestinian authorities."


Meanwhile, it was reported that EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana will travel to the region at the beginning of next week. Solana is scheduled to visit Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon and Egypt.


Reuters contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 08.29.09, 09:09
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