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

Two rockets fired from Gaza land in Egypt; at least 15 rockets launched into Israel this morning; 3 fired at Ashkelon, one at Beersheba are intercepted; southern Israel hit by nearly 100 Gazan rockets over weekend.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 21, 2011 12:10
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Smoke trails after rockets are fired in Gaza

Smoke trails from rockets being fired in Gaza 311 (R). (photo credit: Yannis Behrakis / 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, at least one of the other Grads was intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system and two landed in the Egyptian city of Rafah. There were no casualties reported in Sunday morning's attacks.

Earlier Sunday morning, four mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area and nine 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.

At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Egyptian border town of Rafah on Sunday morning, but there was no damage and no one was hurt, an Egyptian security source said.

The source said it appeared the rockets were fired in error.

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.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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