Kassam rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip 311 (R).
(photo credit: Nikola Solic / Reuters)
Taking advantage of poor visibility and heavy cloud cover, Palestinian
terrorists in Gaza fired eight rockets into southern Israel on
Seven rockets fell in open fields in the Sha’ar Hanegev
Regional Council at night, triggering a series of Red Alert rocket alarms. An
additional rocket struck a farming community earlier in the day.
were no injuries or damages reported.
After the attacks, southern
regional council heads warned that an area situated between 4.5 kilometers and 7
km. from the Gaza border is out of range for the Iron Dome rocket shield
Homes in the area also do not have rocket-proof reinforcements,
local officials said.
“Residents in this area are exposed all year
round,” the officials said in a statement.
They called on the government
to make the necessary funds available for the construction of safe zones in the
It was not immediately clear what type of projectiles were fired.
The Kassam 2 rocket is known to have a range of 8-10 km., while the Kassam 3 has
a range of 10 km.
Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and smaller terror
factions in Gaza have access to large numbers of longer-range rockets as well,
such as the Grad 2-type rocket, which has a range of 40 km. and carries a deadly
warhead of 6.3 kilograms of explosives.
In October, Ashdod, Beersheba and
Gan Yavne were all struck with rockets fired by Islamic Jihad, which initiated
an unprovoked escalation
Schools were canceled during the upsurge.
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