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South under fire: 4 rockets fired at Ashkelon

Palestinians fire rockets at south early Tuesday which reportedly hit open areas south of Ashkelon. Hamas' military wing claims responsibility for attack

Several hours after the Air Force struck Gaza, rockets were fired at the Ashkelon area as air raid sirens sounded in the region. The IDF detected the launching of four rockets, which apparently hit open areas south of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported.


Hamas' military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam brigades claimed responsibility for the attack. A statement by the group said that the rockets were meant to hit the Zikim army base. On Tuesday, alert level in the Gaza vicinity communities was raised. Residents of the Eshkol Regional Council were instructed to remain 15 seconds away from a fortified space.  


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Air Force aircraft fired at a Palestinian terror cell early Tuesday as its members were attempting to plant an explosive device near the central Gaza Strip border fence.


The army said the attack target was hit. Palestinian sources later confirmed that the strike left casualties on the Palestinian side; no further details were provided.


“The IDF will not tolerate any bid to harm the State of Israel’s citizens and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate against any element that utilizes terror against the State of Israel,” the military said following the strike. “The Hamas terror group is the address and it bears the responsibility.”


On Monday, Two Palestinian terrorists were killed when Israeli aircraft targeted a rocket-launching cell in northern Gaza.


The aerial strike came just a few hours after Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket from Gaza towards the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. There were no reports of injury or damage.


Earlier Monday, at around noon, the Israel Air Force struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said two Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed in the attack.


According to Palestinian reports, the two were targeted while riding a motorcycle near the north Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.


Elior Levy contributed to this report




פרסום ראשון: 06.19.12, 07:54
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