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Girl Hurt as Gaza Rocket Explodes Near Kibbutz Kindergarten

A 15-year-old girl was lightly hurt from shrapnel and several buildings in the kibbutz were damaged.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/21/2010, 11:09 AM

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Gaza terror squads fired a short-range Kassam-type rocket at an Israeli kibbutz Tuesday morning, lightly injuring a 15-year-old girl. Shrapnel from the explosion struck the girl's leg. A Magen David Adom emergency crew evacuated her to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.

Two people suffered emotional shock from the event. Several buildings in the kibbutz were damaged.

The head of the Hof Ashkelon local authority, Yair Farjun, said following the attack that "the continued fire endangers our lives and disrupts life's routine. I believe in the ability of the IDF to carry out the necessary actions in order to stop the fire. On our part, we will continue to take security precautions to the extent this is possible."

The IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) cooperated overnight in attacks by IAF aircraft on several targets in Gaza. Among the targets attacked were three terror tunnels in northern Gaza. In the southern part of the border, the IAF attacks struck a terror tunnel, a smuggling tunnel and a third site of unspecified terror activity.

The IDF said that the tunnels attacked were meant to enable terrorists to cross into Israel and carry out terror attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians. A similar tunnel served the terrorists who killed two soldiers at Kerem Shalom in 2006 and kidnapped a third - Gilad Shalit.