Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: Rockets Still Falling on Southern Israel Despite Egypt Brokered Truce with Gazan Terrorist Groups

ISRAEL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Despite truce, rockets still falling on Israel

Source: JTA, 6-24-12

Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel despite a truce with Gazan terrorist groups.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at Ashkelon shortly after the truce, which was mediated by Egypt, went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. Several rockets also hit southern Israel on Sunday.

An Israeli man, 50, was seriously injured by shrapnel when a rocket exploded near a factory in Sderot.  A school in Sderot also was damaged by rocket fire.

Israel struck several targets in Gaza over the weekend, according to the Israeli military, including a terror cell about to detonate a rocket. Hamas reported that at least three Palestinians were killed in retaliatory attacks over the weekend, including a child and a terrorist.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of the regularly scheduled Cabinet meeting on Sunday said “the IDF is taking strong action against those who are attacking us and it will take even stronger action if need be. Our policy is to use force in order to restore security and quiet to the residents of the south.”

At least 150 rockets fired from Gaza have struck southern Israel since the cross-border attacks began last week, the Israel Defense Forces reported.

 

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Israel Political Brief June 19, 2012: Hamas claims responsibility for firing rockets at Southern Israel

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Hamas claims responsibility for firing rockets at Israel

Source: JTA, 6-19-12

Hamas has claimed responsibility for firing 10 long-range missiles into southern Israel.

Hamas said Tuesday evening that its armed wing, Izzaddin al-Kassam, fired 10 Grad missiles into Israel in the afternoon. At least 40 rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Tuesday.

Hamas also took responsibility for firing several rockets late Monday night that landed in Ashkelon but did not cause any damage or injuries. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that the rockets were targeting a nearby military base. Hamas controls the Gaza Strip.

Following the attack, the Israeli Air Force fired early Tuesday morning on what it called a terrorist cell planting explosives near Israel’s border with Gaza. Ma’an reported that two 16-year-old boys were killed in the strike.

At least  40 rockets have been fired into southern Israel from Gaza on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said. Residents of communities near the Gaza border have been put on high alert and told to stay close to bomb shelters….READ MORE

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