Rocket fire continues: 13 Qassams hit Negev; IAF strikes Gaza (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet reporters Latest Update: 06.19.12, 16:35)
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Incessant rocket fire on south Israel prompts another IDF strike in
Gaza; one rocket lands near police sappers, but no one hurt
Thirteen Qassam rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza
Tuesday afternoon landed in open areas within the Negev´s Eshkol
Regional Council. There were no immediate reports of injuries or
Shortly after the rocket salvo, Israeli aircraft struck a target in
the Gaza Strip. The IDF said its target was destroyed. Palestinian
sources in the Hamas-ruled territory said one person was severely
wounded in what they called a targeted killing attempt.
The sources said the aircraft targeted a motorcycle travelling in Dir
el-Balah in central Gaza. The injured man was evacuated to Gaza
City´s Shifa Hospital, they said.
One of the rockets fired from Gaza exploded about a hundred meters
from Negev police sub-district sappers who were canvassing the area
in search of rocket landing sites. The IDF has instructed Eshkol
residents to enter fortified spaces.
Another Qassam landed in a wheat field. Firefighters were alerted to
the scene to contain a fire that erupted at the site.
All of the rockets were fired in the span of about an hour.
Overnight, rockets fired from Gaza landed in the Ashkelon area. The
army detected the launching of four rockets, which apparently
exploded in open areas. No one was hurt in that attack either.
Hamas´ military wing, the 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.
Shortly after midnight Israeli aircraft fired at a Palestinian terror
cell 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 attack left two terrorists dead.
The attack marked the third Israeli airstrike in the Strip in the
past 24 hours.
Monday evening saw Israeli aircraft strike a terror cell as it
prepared to fire rockets at Israel. Two terrorists were killed in
that strike, including a member of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The strike was carried out after a rocket exploded in southern
Israel, causing no injuries. After the attack, another rocket fired
from Gaza landed in an open area in Sderot.
Earlier Monday, the Israel Air Force struck targets in the northern
Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said two Islamic Jihad terrorists
were killed in the attack. The army said the operation was unrelated
to Monday´s terror attack on the Israel-Egypt border, and came in
response to recent sniper fire. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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