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Qassam falls near Gaza border fence, no injuries reported

Rocket fired by Palestinian gunmen in northern Strip lands in Negev region at around 11 am; local council head says attack linked to opening of new academic year

A Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip towards Sderot Sunday morning landed in an open area near the border fence, within Shaar HaNegev Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.


The Color Red alert sounded at around 11 am in the Sderot vicinity.


According to Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Schuster, the Qassam attack is linked to the opening of the academic year a the Sapir College.


"This (attack) was a greeting for the students who arrived at Sapir today. It's important to stress that the number of students attending the college has increased this year, but it is definitely unpleasant to launch the new academic year in this manner," he said.


"This won’t end as long as the situation vis-à-vis Gaza remains unclear," said Schuster, "I expect an Israeli reaction that will bring an end to this."


The council head also urged the government to allocate the aid it had promised to Israel's southern communities.


Last week Israeli aircraft struck two weapons-smuggling tunnels in south Gaza a few hours after a Qassam was fired towards the Negev region. Palestinian sources said three people were injured in the aerial strike. 


פרסום ראשון: 10.18.09, 12:07
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