Netivot home damaged by Gazan Grad rocket 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy IDF)
Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip fired two Grad rockets into
Israel overnight Saturday, damaging two buildings in Netivot and lightly
injuring seven civilians. The attacks came just days after an escalation along Israel's southern border which resulted in the killing of six Palestinians the IDF said were plotting terrorist attacks against Israelis.
2:00 a.m., terrorists fired a Grad rocket at Beersheba. Residents in
the city heard an explosion, but there were no reports of damage, and
authorities scoured the city for the rocket's remains. The Iron Dome
battery stationed near the city did not launch an intercept as the Grad
fell in an open area and did not endanger the civilian population.
Municipal authorities in Beersheba and Ashdod announced that classes would be canceled on Sunday as a result of the attack. Shortly
after, terrorists fired a rocket at the city of Netivot. The rocket
struck two homes, which sustained heavy damage. Upon hearing the
emergency siren indicating an incoming rocket, a resident in one of the
houses took refuge in the bathroom, escaping the blast.
"I heard a siren, so I got up and went to the entrance of
the house, where it's relatively well protected," Army Radio quoted
Pini Azulai as saying." I decided to step inside the bathroom, where
it's also quite fortified. And just when I walked in, there was an
Seven civilians were injured in the Sunday attacks;
three were lightly hurt while running to bomb shelters after hearing
emergency sirens, while four suffered shock.
On Wednesday night, IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist squad
in the central Gaza Strip during final preparations to fire rockets at
Israel. Palestinian sources said at least three men were killed in the
air strike, and one wounded. The cell had been involved in rocket fire
on southern Israel in the past, according to the IDF.
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morning, the IDF attacked a terrorist cell attempting to place a bomb
on the Gaza border. Infantrymen from the Givati Brigade along with tanks
and aircraft successfully struck the cell. Palestinian sources said
that three people were killed by IDF fire in the incident.
Towards the end of August, Palestinians fired several rockets at Israel
, one of which struck and damaged a home in Sderot.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday
that the IDF could conquer and exert control over the Gaza Strip if the
cabinet orders such an operation. Speaking at a conference at the
Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, Barak
said “if the cabinet will want the IDF to conquer and control Gaza, this
is something that is possible today if it is deemed fit."
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