Monday, November 17, 2008

17-Nov-08: Escalating

The productivity of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip rose yet again today, as eight Qassam rockets (so far) struck civilian areas in southern Israel. YNet says most landed in open areas and no injuries were reported, though several houses sustained damage. Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attacks. Israel's response was that the transfer of 30 trucks of humanitarian equipment into Gaza scheduled for today were put on hold. The authorities are ordering residents of Israeli communities in the vicinity to stay inside their fortified rooms, in buildings which have them. Most do not.