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Hamas Missiles Hit Be'er Sheva for First Time

Two Grad rockets fired from Gaza crash into the Capital of the Negev. One exploded in an empty kindergarten. No casualties have been reported.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/30/2008, 9:40 PM

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Be'er Sheva, the Negev's largest city with over 200,000 residents, came under missile attack just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, for the first time since Israel captured it in 1948.

One of the Grad-type missiles hit a kindergarten that was empty of children. The second one hit an empty field. Both hits were in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Be'er Sheva.

Emergency services reported that there do not appear to be any casualties but that some people are suffering emotional shock.

Earlier Tuesday evening, at around 6:00 p.m., several rockets hit Ashdod. One exploded in a large factory but caused only emotional shock, and no damage. A rocket was fired at Ashkelon a short time later and also caused no bodily injuries, but sent bystanders into emotional shock.

Gaza terrorists fired about 30 missiles at Israeli civilians Tuesday. Half hit the Ashkelon area north of Gaza and the other half were fired eastward at the Netivot area.

Latest updates:
The 'Color Red' early warning system detected two missiles launched at the Ofakim area at approximately 9:40 p.m.

Four rockets slammed into Ashkelon. One hit a building, injuring one person lightly.