10th rocket hits South since High Holidays began

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 13, 2010 09:34

None hurt in Kassam attack from Gaza; Sha'ar Hanegev communities to submit High Court petition requesting more fortified structures.

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A Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant holds a rocke

Kassam cradled by terrorist 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

A rocket fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip exploded in the area of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council early Monday morning. Security forces were searching for the remains of the rocket, but believed that it was a Kassam-type missile. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

The firing of the rocket was the tenth such attack on the area since Rosh Hashana began last Wednesday.

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The communities of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council have been the repeated target of rocket attacks from Gaza and the area contains very few fortified structures. Army Radio reported on Monday that municipal authorities in the area were preparing to submit a petiton to the High Court of Justice, asking the state to find an immediate solution to rocket attacks for the communities within 4.5 kilometers of the Gaza border.

Community leaders criticized the fact that the "Iron Dome" missle defense system is not currently planned to operate in their area. This leaves a number of communities to the north and east of the Gaza border vulnerable to further rocket attacks.

According to the report, the petiton was scheduled to be submitted some time after the High Holidays.

Although no injuries have been reported in the latest slew of attacks, a mortar shell landed near several childrens' school buildings on Wednesday in a Sha'ar Hanegev regional council kibbutz, some 30 minutes prior to the students' scheduled arrival.

One of the buildings sustained light damage. The school building impacted by the mortar was reinforced only at the roof and not at the side walls, like other protected buildings in the area.

Security officials decided to let school continue as usual.

Overnight Thursday, the Israeli Air Force struck several Gaza terror-related targets in response to Kassam and mortar attacks.


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