4 rockets explode in South; 1 person lightly injured

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 29, 2011 17:21

Passer-by in Gan Yavne hit by shrapnel; 1 rocket hits empty school in Ashdod; rockets also land in Be'er Tuvia, Pithat Shalom; attacks come after IAF strike kills 5 in Rafah including top commander of Islamic Jihad.

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Rocket fire from Gaza

Rocket fire from Gaza. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Terror cells in Gaza launched four rockets into Israel on Saturday evening following an IAF attack an Islamic Jihad camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

One rocket hit a school in Ashdod which was empty at the time. A second rocket feel in the Gan Yavne Regional Council where passer-by was lightly injured by shrapnel. He was evacuated to hospital.

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A third rocket struck the Be'er Tuvia Regional Council - which was also targeted earlier this week, while a fourth slammed into the Pithat Shalom Regional Council.

The Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades took responsibility for the rocket attacks.

The rocket fire came after an Islamic Jihad commander and four other terrorists were killed during the IAF attack.

The strike in Rafah followed an unprovoked long-range rocket attack on Israel on Thursday.

Islamic Jihad said an explosion in the training camp killed Ahmed al-Sheikh Khalil, a munitions expert and one of its top commanders, as well as four comrades. An Islamic Jihad source said the dead may include senior figures other than Khalil.

"Those targeted were a group of leaders," the source said.

Doctors said two Palestinians were also wounded in the incident, during which witnesses reported IDF helicopters overhead.

An IDF spokesman confirmed there had been an attack but did not immediately elaborate.

In the West Bank on Saturday, one man was lightly injured when settlers clashed with Palestinians and left-wing activists in Beit Omer near Gush Etzion.

The IDF was called in to disperse the crowd.


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