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Qassam lands near kindergarten in Negev

Two rockets fired from Gaza explode in Shaar Hanegev Regional Council; no injuries reported

Two Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday exploded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.


One of the rockets hit a warehouse near a kindergarten and another exploded in an open area outside the council. No injuries were reported.


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The Color Red alarm sounded in the region and sappers were called in to dismantle the rockets.


Dudi, a father whose son attends the kindergarten, estimated there were only seven seconds between the alarm and the explosion.


מקום פגיעת הקסאם. "הגנים ממוגנים, אבל המציאות קשה" (צילום:  זאב טרכטמן)

Qassam impact site (Photo: Zeev Trachtman) 


"The rocket hit the outer wall," he recounted. "It's very frightening for a father who has a child in kindergarten, despite the fact that they are fortified. Some two hours before the hit the kids left the kindergarten, and some of them play in an adjacent playground. If, God forbid, the rocket would have landed then there would have been chaos. "


As it turned out, a few teenagers were playing outside when the rocket landed. They ran for cover in a nearby fortified area and were miraculously spared injury.


On Sunday, a Qassam exploded in Shaar Hanegev but caused no injuries. The Air Force, in response, bombed a building in the northern Gaza Strip. One Palestinian was killed and four were injured.


On Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz addressed the Knesset's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee and said that Israel will have to initiate an operation in Gaza soon. "We cannot tolerate repeated cycles of violence in Gaza. The move must be well-planned," he said.






פרסום ראשון: 11.15.11, 18:21
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