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Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired at least seven volleys of rocket fire into
southern Israel on Monday afternoon and evening, undermining reports of a
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No injuries were reported from the rockets, but they prompted
local officials to shut schools on Tuesday for the third day in a
Classes have been cancelled in Ashdod, Beersheba and Gan Yavne by
municipalities and regional councils.
The school closures were
accompanied by reminders sent by authorities to residents on the need to remain
in designated safe zones for a period of 10 minutes following the sounding of
Drivers who find themselves on the road during a siren
are instructed to pull over, exit their vehicles and head for a building or
If none is in close proximity, motorists should lie on the
ground and shield their heads with their hands.
Intelligence concluded that the video released by Islamic Jihad of a
truck-mounted rocket launcher firing several projectiles successively was a
forgery. The video had been released as part of a boast by the terror
organization of improved rocket-firing capabilities.
On Monday night, a
Grad-type rocket fired at Beersheba was successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome
anti-rocket shield, minutes after air-raid sirens rang out across the Negev
Another rocket fell near Ashkelon, and three additional rockets
landed in open territory around Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.
Earlier, a rocket exploded south of Ashkelon, shattering a period of calm that
had been in place since early Monday morning.
No injuries or damages were
reported in any of the attacks.
Shortly after midnight on Monday, the Air
Force struck a rocket-launching crew after it fired three rockets at the Eshkol
“We identified an accurate strike,” an IDF spokesman
told The Jerusalem Post.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday the IDF
does not pay attention to empty calls for cease-fires from various terrorist
In an interview on Monday with Army Radio, Barak said if they
want a cease-fire, Islamic Jihad and Hamas will need to actually stop their
attacks, he explained. He said Israel holds Hamas accountable for all rocket
fire from Gaza.
The defense minister said the IDF is not interested in
returning to Gaza. It will, however, respond accordingly to attacks against
“There’s no foundation for charges that we are getting
drawn [into the fighting] and not initiating. The people who call to us to
attack forcefully in the strip will be the same people to criticize that we will
get entangled there,” he said.
Speaking at a B’nai B’rith event in
Jerusalem on Monday night, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro strongly
condemned the continued rocket barrage.
“There is no excuse for attacking
innocent civilians,” Shapiro said. “The US and Israel stand together in their
fight against terror.”Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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