Three Kassam rockets fall in Ashkelon coast, no injuries

Rocket attacks come after reports say Palestinian man was killed by IDF fire in Gaza and after IAF strikes two terror bases.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 10, 2011 18:57
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Three Kassam rockets fall in Ashkelon coast, no injuries

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Three Kassam rockets were fired into Israeli territory and exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council Monday evening.

The rockets fell in an open area and did not cause any injuries or damage.

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In related news, the 65-year-old Palestinian farmer who was reportedly killed by IDF fire in northern Gaza on Monday was shot by soldiers from an observation tower from near Beit Hanoun, reported Palestinian news sources.

According to reports, the farmer, Sha'aban Karmut, was critically wounded and taken to a hospital in Beit Lahiya where he later died of his wounds.

Overnight Sunday, the IAF bombed two centers of terror activity in the Gaza Strip, the IDF spokesperson said.

"In response to the intense rocket fire in the past 72 hours, overnight the Israel Air Force targeted two terror sites in the northern and southern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed," the IDF statement read.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it. The IDF will also continue to respond harshly to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel," the statement continued.

The strikes come after Hamas said on Sunday that it was in contact with other groups in the Gaza Strip to reduce the recent attacks in the area so as to avoid another war with Israel.

Yaakov Lappin and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.


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