Kassam rocket barrage hits Sderot
2 gunmen, 2 civilians, killed in IDF operations; 1 lightly hurt by kassam.
By JOSH BRANNON, JPOST.COM STAFF
November 2, 2006 08:21
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Sderot suffered another barrage of Kassam rockets Thursday evening, lightly wounding one with shrapnel and leaving several others in shock.
According to reports, two out of the three rockets landed in open areas and caused no damage or injuries.
Earlier on Thursday, five Kassam rockets hit Sderot and the western Negev. One of the rockets scored a direct hit on a house in Sderot. A fire broke out as a result of the explosion, while one person suffered light wounds from glass shards. Seven people were reportedly suffering from shock.
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Meanwhile, Palestinians reported that a Palestinian woman was killed by IDF fire in Beit Hanun while protesting the army's activities in northern Gaza, as clashes between IDF soldiers and Palestinian gunmen continued throughout the day Thursday.
Also in Beit Hanun, Israeli forces wounded three Palestinians as they were preparing to fire an RPG missile.
Elsewhere in Gaza, IDF forces shot and captured an armed Palestinian. In addition, Israeli soldiers destroyed a Kassam rocket launcher that was reportedly armed and ready for action.
The IAF fired missiles at a group of over 10 armed Palestinians who gathered at the center of the town of Beit Hanun just before dawn.
The Palestinians reported that two gunmen and a 75-year-old man were killed.
Army forces arrested three Palestinians in the region; they also uncovered a large weapons cache inside a house, seizing optical scopes and anti-tank missiles, among other arms.
Thursday's IDF action was the second day of a military operation called, Operation Autumn Clouds.
The parents' association in Sderot launched a strike on Thursday morning, saying the town's schools were not well enough reinforced against the Kassams and that their children were in danger.
Meanwhile, St.-Sgt. Kiril GolÐ°nshin, who was killed on Wednesday morning during a fierce firefight in Beit Hanun, was to be buried on Jerusalem's Mt. Herzl at 4:30 p.m. Thursday evening.
GolÐ°nshin, 21, from Moshav Shekef in the Negev, was a dog-handler in the crack "Sting" canine unit; he was killed before dawn on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire on troops as they navigated the narrow alleyways of the village, IDF officials said.
GolÐ°nshin was shot in the head and was evacuated quickly, but died soon afterwards. At least 10 Palestinian gunmen were killed in the clashes.
Israeli officials suggested the operation, dubbed Operation Autumn Clouds, would last days, and did not represent a widening of the overall campaign in Gaza.
IDF spokeswoman Capt. Avital Leibovitz said Beit Hanun was targeted because 300 rockets had been fired from the town since the beginning of the year, out of a total of 800 launched from Gaza.