School in Beersheba hit as 'Iron Dome' intercepts 4 Grads

At least 12 rockets launched into Israel this morning; Beersheba school hit by Grad, none hurt; 3 fired at Ashkelon, one at Beersheba are intercepted; southern Israel hit by nearly 100 Gazan rockets over weekend.

August 21, 2011 09:54
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Part of the Iron Dome rocket shield system

Iron Dome 311 R. (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / Reuters)


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Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip that killed one man over the weekend continued Sunday morning as at least six Grad rockets were fired at Beersheba. One of the rockets hit an empty school building, and at least one of the other Grads was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. There were no casualties reported in Sunday morning's attacks.

Earlier Sunday morning, four mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area and six Kassam rockets were fired at the Ashkelon Regional Council, one of which damaged a building. No injuries were reported in the attacks.

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The Iron Dome rocket defense system also successfully intercepted three rockets fired from Gaza in the direction of Ashkelon.

A man was killed and two people were critically wounded by a Palestinian rocket barrage on Beersheba on Saturday night, following a weekend that saw more than 80 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza.

The man killed in the Beersheba attack was named as 38-year-old Yossi Shoshan from Ofakim. Shoshan was on his way to his nine-month pregnant wife after hearing air raid sirens and becoming concerned for her safety, media reports said.

A woman injured in the attack was fighting for her life at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.


Doctors there were also treating five more people who were injured by the rocket, which slammed into a residential street, destroying a vehicle and a home.

Television footage showed shell-shocked residents, the remains of the vehicle and the burnt-out home.

Several people went into shock following the attacks, and required medical care.

Police have instructed residents of the South to remain in safe zones and to remain tuned in to instructions from the IDF Home Front Command.

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