Saturday, February 18, 2012

18-Feb-12: Rockets - Qassams and Grads - again fired on southern Israel

With a cold and very rainy Shabbat having just ended, we're catching up on the reports of the past day. And unfortunately the news is again dominated by things falling from the sky. But it's not precipitation.

On Friday, two separate rocket attacks originating in Gaza resulted in explosions but not injuries or damage. One landed south of Ashkelon. The second, reported to be a Qassam rocket (JPost says it comprised two rockets), landed in the Eshkol agricultural region of the Negev desert. It's never the intention of the terrorists to fire and miss. They want to hit people, any people, on the Israeli side of the border and very fortunately this time they were disappointed.

Around 11:30 this morning (Saturday, the Sabbath day in Israel) a much larger and longer range (than the Qassams) Grad rocket crashed in the vicinity of Beer Sheba, Israel's seventh-largest city with a population of just under 200,000 and the largest community in the Negev. JPost says there are no reports so far of damage or injuries. Terrorist rockets last hit Beer Sheva in October 2011. At that time, Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system intercepted them, preventing a worse outcome. It appears the iron Dome system was not activated this morning.

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