Sunday, November 21, 2010

21-Nov-10: More rockets, more mortars and now phosphorous

A total of seven mortar shells and two highly-destructive Grad rockets (according to this VOA report) have been fired by the jihadist terrorists in Hamas-ruled Gaza into Israel's western Negev and Gaza-bordering communities since Thursday. (CNN puts the number of mortars at 10.) So far, fortunately, there have been no injuries or damage to Israelis. As we have pointed out dozens of times in the past, this was never the intention of the jihadists. The IDF reports that some of the jihadist mortar shells contained white phosphorous which is capable of causing severe burns. The use of phosphorous against civilians is banned under international law.

According to BBC News, one of Friday's long-range rockets struck as far as the town of Ofakim in the Negev. The BBC says Grad-type rockets, from a Soviet design, have a range of up to 40km (25 miles), about twice the distance of the Qassam rockets made in Gaza and fired from there by the terrorists.

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