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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Qassam rockets in Sderot - Again

Image and reality - Foreign media ignore Qassam damage in Sderot, focus on damage to Gaza from Israeli missile attacks.Suppose the guy in the picture was you, and it was your home?
A Sderot resident inspecting the damage caused to his home by a Qassam rocket on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Last update - 23:45 30/05/2007

Qassam rocket hits electricity pole, lands on Sderot home

By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent

A Qassam rocket hit a high-voltage electricity pole and landed on a building in the western Negev city of Sderot Wednesday evening. The house sustained some damage, but the residents of the home had been secured inside a protected room and remained unharmed.

The electricity supply in some parts of the city was disrupted due to the strike.

Earlier in the day, a Qassam rocket directly hit the fourth floor of a Sderot building. No one was wounded but a number people were treated for shock. Several apartments in the building were damaged in the attack, but rescue teams said the apartment that sustained a direct hit had been empty during the strike.

Earlier Wednesday, the IAF killed two Hamas men in a strike on a group of gunners firing rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.

Hamas radio said the men killed in attack belonged to its military wing.

An IDF spokeswoman said the air force targeted "a group of armed terrorists" in the northern part of the territory near Jabaliya refugee camp.

In addition to the two Hamas men killed in the strike, several people were wounded and a house was damaged, ambulance crews said.

Speaking of Israel's ongoing campaign against Qassam rocket attacks, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said late Tuesday: "Hamas exploits every calm and quiet period to build itself up and prepare for future attacks. We cannot allow this."

Meanwhile, IDF troops shot and wounded a Palestinian militant who opened fire on their patrol near the West Bank town of Tul Karm.

Soldiers later found blood stains and a M-16 rifle, but did not apprehend the gunman.

Also Tuesday, IDF troops killed two Fatah militants during separate raids in the West Bank.

IDF special forces in Ramallah tried to arrest Omar Abdel-Halim, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and a former member of the elite Force 17. An exchange of fire broke out during the raid, in which the 22-year old Abdel-Halim was killed and four other Palestinians were wounded.

Adbel-Halim was considered an associate of Khaled Shwish, who was arrested by the IDF on Monday. Shwish was one of the founders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Bridages, and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of eight Israelis.

Special forces near Jenin killed Mohammed Mara'i, who five days ago announced the formation of a new Fatah militant offshoot, the Abu Amar Brigades.

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