Monday, January 17, 2011

Second Week of 2011: Rockets Continued Being Launched at Israel


By the second week of 2011, more than 20 rockets, missiles and mortar shells
have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israels southern communities. Some
recent attacks include the following:

- On Saturday night (Jan. 8), 3 Qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza
Strip hitting Sdot Negev Regional Council, home to approx 8,000 residents
and Eshkol Regional Council, home to approximately 10,000 residents
- On Monday (Jan. 10), 3 Qassam rockets were fired from Gaza Strip hitting
Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, home to 13,000 residents
- Also on Monday (Jan. 10), another militarily-used projectile was launched
and hit Eshkol Regional Council
- On Tuesday (Jan. 11), a Qassam rocket was launched from Gaza hitting the
Ashkelon Shore Regional Council, home to approximately 14,000 residents In response to these attacks, the IDF struck several terror-related sites.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) targeted and hit two terror sites in the
northern and southern Gaza Strip on Monday (Jan. 10). Direct hits were
confirmed. Later in the week, the Israeli Air Force targeted and struck
three terror sites in the central Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed.

In addition, in a joint IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA) operation, an
IAF aircraft targeted an operative of the Islamic Jihad terrorist
organization, Mohammed Najar. Najar, born 1987, was involved in planning a
massive terror attack in the heart of Israel, the organization involved in
firing rockets toward Israeli territory and IDF forces during the week. A
direct hit was confirmed.

Throughout the year 2010, over 235 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar
shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for
maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity
emanating from it. The IDF will also continue to respond harshly to any
attempt to use terror against the State of Israel.

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