Sunday, October 28, 2012

28-Oct-12: Be'er Sheva hit by two GRAD rockets at dawn; school classes canceled

Be'er Sheva
The attack on Israel's largest southern city came around 5:30 this morning (Sunday). From the newsflash of Times of Israel:
Two Grad rockets were fired from Gaza at Beersheba slightly after dawn Sunday morning, hours after Israeli planes killed a Hamas terrorist in Gaza. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the missiles, which landed in open areas near Beersheba, a city of some 250,000. Classes in the city were canceled for Sunday because of the fear of continued rocket fire. Earlier Sunday morning, Israeli planes struck Gaza after two rockets were fired into southern Israel, seemingly ending a fragile ceasefire between the Hamas-held territory and Israel. There were no reports of injuries or damage after the rockets landed in open areas in the Eshkol region at around 2 a.m. Sunday.
On the website of the Popular Resistance Committees, you can see a claim of 'credit', in Arabic. The PRC is described in Wikipedia as
"a coalition of various armed Palestinian factions that oppose the conciliatory approach adopted by the Palestinian Authority and Fatah towards Israel. Active in the Gaza Strip, the military wing of the PRC is the Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades. Set up in late 2000 by former Fatah and Tanzim member Jamal Abu Samhadana, the PRC are composed primarily of ex-Fatah fighters and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members and are alleged by Israel to be inspired and financed by Hezbollah. The PRC specializes in planting roadside bombs and vehicle explosive charges - directed against military and civilian convoys. The PRC is described as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States." 
The Wikipedia entry mentions PRC's connection to the Hezbollah of Lebanon:
"According to Israel, the relation between the PRC and Hezbollah is more than coincidental. Israel alleges the organization enjoys financing and technical support from Hezbollah since its founding, and is a sort of proxy of Hezbollah's influence in the Gaza Strip.[25][26] The organization outwardly projects this relation through its mimicry of the Hezbollah flag which also bears a fist clenching a Kalashnikov rifle and stylized writing."

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