2 Grads, 25 mortars fired from Gaza explode in Israel

15 Grads fired overnight; Hamas commander killed in IDF strike on Gaza Strip; IDF strikes terror infrastructure in Rafah, Khan Younis.

April 9, 2011 11:41
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Police sapper carries Grad rocket

Police sapper carries Grad rocket 311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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Fifteen Grad-model rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory overnight Friday. The Iron Dome rocket-defense system intercepted five of them in the Beersheba and Ashkelon areas, Israel Radio reported.

Saturday morning two additional Grad rockets were fired at Ofakim and 25 mortar shells were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries were immediately reported. Dozens of mortar shells were fired overnight.

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The Iron Dome system intercepted three Grad rockets in the Ashkelon region and 2 rockets in the Beersheba area. Including shorter-range Kassams, a total of over 50 rockets were fired from the Strip on Friday

Three Hamas commanders were killed in an IAF airstrike early morning Saturday on a car in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Palestinian news agencies reported a fourth Hamas man was killed in an IDF strike late Saturday morning. The IDF said it was looking into the reports.
Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that other IDF strikes took place overnight in Gaza City, a Hamas training base in the northern Strip and a neighborhood in  Khan Younis.

Artillery strikes were reported in the Rafah area along the Strip's southern border with Egypt.

Since Friday night, four Palestinians were killed in IDF strikes, Israel Radio reported. That brought the total number of Palestinians killed since Thursday to 16, at least four of whom were civilians.

Five Israelis were reportedly injured when scrambling to enter bomb shelters as rockets were being fired into their areas.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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