Southern regions hit by Gaza rockets; none hurt

Local council head tells 'Post': "We can't accept this drizzle of rockets"; Palestinians report IAF strike.

February 15, 2012 22:15
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Kassam rockets being fired from Gaza Strip [file]

Kassam rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip 311 (R). (photo credit: Nikola Solic / Reuters)


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Southern farming regions bordering Gaza were targeted by Palestinian rocket fire on Wednesday night.

Two rockets exploded in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, two more fell in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and a fifth fell in the Eshkol Regional Council.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

Palestinians in Gaza reported a strike by the Israel Air Force later Wednesday night in response to rocket fire from the territory.

Palestinians did not report on casualties from the strike.

"We can't accept this drizzle of rockets," Yair Farjun, head of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council said following the attacks. "We live in a bizarre reality" Farjun told The Jerusalem Post. "We switch from emergency and then back to routine. We've lived like this for many years."

Farjun recounted a rocket attack last Friday evening in which a projectile smashed into an area between two homes in a kibbutz, "shattering the tranquility of the Sabbath. And tonight, we heard a massive boom again."

He added that Israel "can't tolerate such a continuing situation, where our calm is shattered. It must be made clear to them that there is a price to this."

On Friday, a Kassam rocket exploded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing light damage to buildings in the blast radius. The attack prompted a response from the Israel Air Force, which struck four terror targets on Saturday night.

Hospital officials in Gaza said that the air strike killed a Palestinian civilian, a guard in his 50s or 60s at an animal farm east of Gaza City. His caravan was hit by a missile and his adult son was wounded, the officials said.

The IDF accurately hit four targets along the Strip; a terror tunnel in southern Gaza, a terror tunnel in the Center and a third terror tunnel and weapons manufacturing site in the North. The army confirmed that the jets returned safely to their bases.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers will continue to act against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel," an IDF statement affirmed. staff and Reuters contributed to this report.

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