Sunday, February 22, 2009
Daily Rocket Attacks Continue
Hana Levi Julian Daily Rocket Attacks Continue
The now-daily rocket attacks by Gaza terrorists against southern Israel resumed Sunday with the launch of a Kassam rocket at the Sha'ar HaNegev region and a mortar attack fired at IDF troops near the Kissufim Crossing. Israeli soldiers were shelled by Gaza terrorists as the troops were patrolling along the security barrier near the crossing during the afternoon hours, according to Voice of Israel government radio. There were no casualties or damage reported, and the soldiers did not return fire.
Earlier in the day, the Color Red air raid siren blared its warning in Sderot and other Gaza Belt communities shortly after 9:00 a.m., sending residents racing to the shelters. Seconds later, a loud explosion shook the ground as the rocket, launched from northern Gaza, landed in an open area near the security barrier.
There were no reports of physical injuries or damage.
Saturday: Katyushas in North, Kassams in South
Terrorists in Lebanon, meanwhile, launched a Katyusha attack on northern Israel Saturday morning, wounding three family members and sending two others into severe emtional trauma while filling their home with thick black smoke.
The rocket, which landed in the yard of the family's home in a village in the western Galilee, was retrieved by IDF personnel. The injured Israelis were evacuated to a hospital in Nahariya by Magen David Adom paramedics.
IDF soldiers responded with artillery fire aimed at the source of the attack. Lebanese Army personnel and soldiers from the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) subsequently identified the location of the launching pad.
Gaza terrorists struck the coastal city of Ashkelon on Saturday night at around 10:20 p.m. A medium-range rocket reached the industrial zone on the southern outskirts of the city. No one was injured and no damage was caused in the attack.
Friday: Mortar Barrage Near Kissufim
A barrage of 10 mortar shells was fired at Gaza Belt communities on Friday as well, in what military sources said might have been the first stage of an attempted two-part combined terrorist attack.
The attack, which was preceded by a Grad missile attack on the Negev town of Netivot, was repulsed by IDF forces operating near the Kissufim Crossing, who returned fire. Some of the mortar shells failed to clear the security barrier and landed within Gaza.
No injuries were reported by either side.