Rockets fired at south (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Neri Brenner Latest Update: 03.16.12, 07:36)
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Brittle ceasefire rattled again as four projectiles are fired at
southern cities. Grad fired as Ashdod intercepted by missile defense
system; Qassams hit Eshkol, Hof Ashkelon
The fragile armistice between Israel and the Gaza terror groups was
stretched further on Thursday night as several rockets were fired at
western Negev communities from the Strip.
Gaza terrorists fired a Grad rocket at Ashdod, which was intercepted
by a nearby Iron Dome battery. Moments later Qassam rockets hit open
areas in Eshkol Regional Council and the outskirts of Hof Ashkelon
Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in either case.
A fourth rocket fired from Gaza overnight Friday landed in an open
area in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injury
Later Thursday night, Palestinian source in Gaza Strip reported that
Air Force helicopters fired at an open area in the Sudaniya
neighborhood in the Strip´s northwest, as well as east of Gaza City.
Other reports said that Israel Navy ships fired at the Gaza coast. No
injuries were reported.
Thursday morning saw a Gaza-launched rocket explode in an open area
near Netivot. Several hours later a Grad rocket fired at Beersheba
was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
The IDF refrained from targeting any terror hubs in the Strip
Thursday, following a request from Egypt to temper its response in
order "not to lose proportions" and allow the ceasefire time to take
A political source told Ynet Wednesday that "at this time Israel will
not respond to rockets fired at the south since the ceasefire took
effect," adding that "After each round of escalation we see what is
known as the ´tail´ – a few hours during which there is still some
fire, as if to show that they have the last word.
"The situation is still within Israel´s containment. We´re following
the situation closely," the source added.
Following the sporadic rocket fire and mounting security concerns,
several municipalities, including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Ofakim
and Gan Yavne announced that they intend to suspend Friday´s school
Educational institutions will remain open in Hof Ashkelon and Shaar
Hanegev regional councils and in Kiryat Malachi. The University of
Ben Gurion will also remain open. Attila Somfalvi contributed to this
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 03/16/12)
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