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Escalation in Rocket Fire in the South (Update No. 2) (1300 hours, June 21, 2012) (IICC) Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center)Source: http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/article/20356 Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (IICC Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (IICC Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top

1. On June 20 rocket and mortar shell fire into Israeli territory intensified, with 70 rocket hits identified during the day. Most of the rockets landing in the western Negev. Seven additional hits were identified on the morning of June 21. Since the beginning of the current round of escalation, so far 125 rockets have landed in the Israel´s south.

2. Most of the rockets had short ranges of up to 10 kilometers(a little over 6 miles), and fell in the western Negev. Three rockets were intercepted and destroyed by the Iron Dome aerial defense system: one fired at the coastal city of Ashqelon, one at the town of Netivot and one at Beersheba. Local residents spent the night in reinforced security rooms in their own homes. After two rockets landed near an Ashqelon elementary school, classes were suspended (junior high and high school students have been on vacation since the beginning of the week).

3. On night of June 20, following Egyptian mediation, Hamas announced to agreed to a ceasefire, beginning at 2300 hours. Rocket fire continued after the ceasefire went into effect. On the morning of June 21 seven additional rockets hits were identified in Israeli territory, that the current round of escalation continues.


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