Sunday, March 08, 2009
Rocket Roulette, IDF Retaliation
Hana Levi Julian Rocket Roulette, IDF Retaliation
Gaza terrorists fired four short-range Kassam rockets at western Negev communities at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, continuing the practice of near-daily barrages against Israeli civilians. Two of the rockets slammed into an open area in the Sha'ar HaNegev region. Two others landed in the Eshkol region, according to Voice of Israel government radio.
No one was wounded and no damage was reported in any of the explosions.
The attacks followed overnight air strikes in Gaza by Israel Air Force fighter pilots, which came in retaliation for six rocket attacks that were fired at Israel over the weekend. Rockets struck the Eshkol and Ashkelon Coastal regions on Saturday morning.
According to local Gaza sources, Israel Air Force pilots killed one terrorist and wounded two more in an air strike near the town of Beit Lahiyeh that followed in rapid response. Hours later, on Saturday night, Israel Air Force pilots also destroyed an arms warehouse in Gaza City and two smuggling tunnels in the southern border town of Rafiah.
Hamas and allied terrorists have attacked southern Israel with more than 100 rockets and mortar shells since the conclusion of Operation Cast Lead and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.