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      Air Force Strikes Kassam Launcher, Eleven Rockets Tuesday

      Israel’s Air Force struck rocket-launching terrorists Tuesday after a day of eleven rockets and several mortar shells were fired from Gaza.
      By Ezra HaLevi
      First Publish: 12/26/2007, 12:58 PM

      Israel’s Air Force struck rocket-launching terrorists Tuesday after a day of eleven rockets and several mortar shells fired from Gaza at western Negev Jewish towns.

      An air strike Tuesday night destroyed an Islamic Jihad rocket launcher and wounded two terrorists. The strike took place fifteen minutes after a rocket was fired toward the Zikim army base. No injuries or damage were caused by the rocket.

      Other rockets hit the Erez Crossing and Kibbutz Kfar Aza Tuesday. Three rockets landed south of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported.

      Six rockets were fired at Negev towns earlier Tuesday, landing around the rocket-battered town of Sderot. Mortar shells were also fired at IDF personnel around the Gaza security fence. No injuries or damage were reported.

      A Kassam rocket fired by terrorists in northern Gaza Wednesday morning fell short of its target in Sderot and landed inside Gaza. It is unclear whether damage or injury was caused by the rocket.

      Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Judea and Samaria
      IDF forces arrested at least 13 wanted terrorists in Judea and Samaria overnight. The men were handed to interrogators for questioning.

      Soldiers were targeted by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Shechem, with terrorists opening fire on soldiers in Kabatiya, south of Jenin. No injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

      Attacks on the Road
      A Jewish woman was wounded in a rock attack on the car she was driving in Samaria, southeast of Kalkilya.

      Arabs threw two Molotov Cocktails at a police car traveling on the main Jerusalem-Modi’in Highway, Route 443. There has been increased left-wing pressure to open that highway to PA Arab traffic, something Jewish motorists say will increase the already-frequent attacks.

      Fatah Terrorists Break Out of Egyptian Prison
      Around 60 Fatah terrorists jailed in Egypt since they fled Hamas retribution when the Islamist group took control of Gaza have now escaped.

      Egyptian police succeeded in catching 40 of the escapees.

      Of the 130 Fatah men who fled to Egypt when Hamas came to power, 23 VIPs have been granted residency by Egypt and settled there. The others are kept in an internment camp.