The endless round of Negev roulette resumed Friday morning with Gaza terrorists firing two mortars at the western Negev moshav, Netiv Ha’asara, south of Ashkelon.
Netiv Ha’asara is a farming community known for hothouse flowers, produce and three pre-schools that are now equipped with special roof fortifications to protect the children against rocket attacks.
Located on the Mediterranean coast, the moshav is a vibrant community built on the undulating sand dunes a bare two minutes north of Gaza. The community is also ten minutes south of Ashkelon, site of a strategic electricity power plant.
The Ashkelon power plant has oft-been a popular target of terrorists hoping to escalate tensions between Israel and the Palestinan Authority. The very same Ashkelon power plant targeted by the rockets supplies Gaza residents with their electricity needs, as well.
A rocket fired by Gaza terrorists at Yad Mordechai during the first day of Sukkot (Thursday) was an improved version of the "Kassam" rocket. It had a caliber of 160 mm. and was apparently fired from deep within Gaza's territory, according to YeshaNews.
The rocket exploded in a grove of trees near the southern Israeli community. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.
The Hamas and Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terrorist organizations claimed Thursday night that they had killed an IDF soldier. The terrorists also announced they had scored a “direct hit” on an electric power station in the coastal city of Ashkelon, causing a partial blackout.
An IDF spokesman contacted by IsraelNationalNews.com denied the claims, saying “We are unaware that any such thing took place.”
IDF Sharp Shooters Nail Terrorists First Day of Sukkot
Israel Air Force fighter pilots eliminated at least seven terrorists in northern Gaza on the first day of Sukkot, including five who were killed in an air strike while traveling in a vehicle loaded with rockets.
One of the terrorists was killed after firing a Kassam rocket at the town of Gabim Thursday night. Witnesses said the rocket exploded in an open area and no one was injured.
IAF aircraft located and attacked the launch site shortly after the rocket was fired, killing the terrorist who fired the missile.
IDF officials said Thursday night that Palestinian Authority terrorists had launched more than 40 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israeli communities during the day. Miraculously, no one was injured in the attacks.