Smoke trails from rockets being fired in Gaza 311 (R).
(photo credit: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)
Four Kassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the Eshkol
Regional Council on Wednesday evening in two separate incidents, less
than an hour apart. Earlier in the evening, two rockets landed in open
land near Ofakim shortly after a Kassam rocket
fell in an open field north of the Gaza strip near Ashkelon. No injuries
damage were reported.
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At the same time, air raid sirens were
also heard in the Beersheba region. A Beersheba city spokesman said
that the source of the sirens was from one of the nearby towns and not
the city itself.
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The Home Front Command on Wednesday canceled the "Breeza" Festival in
Ashkelon following rocket fire alerts that were received for the
Members of the public were asked not to arrive at the festival and to follow instructions by given by the Home Front Command.
On Wednesday morning the Israeli Air Force targeted and hit two
terrorists in separate locations in the northern Gaza Strip who were
attempting to fire rockets into southern Israel.
Wednesday, two mortar shells fired from Gaza exploded in open areas in
the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries were reported, but light damage
mortar fire came after the IDF confirmed that a
member of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad was killed in a car
explosion in the Gaza Strip as a result of an IAF strike. An IDF
statement said that the terrorist targeted in Rafah was involved in
weapons smuggling and militant operations in Egypt's Sinai from where
gunmen snuck into Israel killing eight last week
. Israel Radio reported that the terrorist killed in the strike was responsible for funding the Eilat attacks.
Palestinian news agency Ma'an said that the man killed was Ismail
al-Asmar, a field commander in the Al-Quds Brigade, the Islamic Jihad's
military wing. A spokesman for a
medical service run by Hamas said two other people were wounded after
the car was targeted by IAF aircraft.
"Israel will pay a heavy price for this crime," a statement by the Al-Quds Brigade said.Reuters contributed to this report.