Thursday, November 15, 2007

15-Nov-07: Thursday rockets from Hamas Gaza Strip

In today's war actions emanating from Hamas-controlled Gaza, three Qassam rockets were fired from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel, landing in Sderot and the western Negev.

One Qassam landed near a potato packing house in a Negev industrial area, causing some damage. Four people were treated for shock and one woman was evacuated to the hospital for further treatment.

A second rocket landed in Sderot, near a residence. YNet quotes an eye-witness: "I heard a loud blast and when I came out of the fortified room I saw that the Qassam landed right next to the house. We were very fortunate no one was hurt, because usually children play soccer out here or ride their bicycle. I don't even want to think what could have happened if there were kids here."

Responding immediately to the first attack, IDF helicopters fired a missile directly at a Qassam launch cell located in Beit Lahiya. Palestinian sources say two of their terror operatives were killed and three others injured in the Israeli strike. One of the dead gunmen is a member of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction. (He's the president of the Palestinian Authority.) The affiliation of the second dead terrorist was not immediately known.

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