Kassams hit synagogue, college, house

Hamas claims responsibility; no casualties, 2 treated for shock; 20 projectiles batter w. Negev.

kassam victim 224.88 (photo credit: )
kassam victim 224.88
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A total of 20 projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip hit the western Negev Saturday, damaging numerous buildings and courtyard areas. Two Sderot residents were treated for shock as 15 Kassam rockets and five mortar shells landed in the Sderot and Sha'ar Hanegev regions. One Kassam fell in the courtyard of Sapir College in Sderot and damaged the building, and another landed next to a synagogue, according to the IDF. A third rocket hit a house in Sderot, also damaging the building. The remaining rockets landed in open areas. No casualties were reported. Hamas military wing, Izzadin Kassam, claimed responsibility for the Saturday morning rocket fire, stating that its operatives fired a total of 15 rockets and mortars on the western Negev in response to IAF attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza overnight. Saturday's rocket attacks come after 48-year-old Jimmy Kedushim, father of four, was killed when a mortar shell landed in the front yard of his house in Kibbutz Kfar Aza on Friday evening. His funeral will be held on Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at the kibbutz, and the burial will take place at 4 p.m. in the Kfar Aza cemetery. Three others were wounded in the attack on Kfar Aza, one moderately and two lightly. Magen David Adom teams at the kibbutz treated a number of people for shock, Israel Radio reported Friday night. A number of buildings in the kibbutz were also damaged in the barrage. Hamas radio announced late Friday evening that the group took responsibility for the fatal attack. Throughout Friday, a total of three Kassam rockets and four mortar shells rained down on the western Negev. One man was lightly wounded in the barrage and was taken to Ashkelon's Barzilei Hospital. A vehicle was also damaged when hit by a rocket in the Ashkelon area.