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Grad Rockets Hit Southern Israel

Netivot and Ofakim were hit by Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday evening.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/31/2011, 11:27 PM / Last Update: 1/31/2011, 11:20 PM

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A Grad rocket which was fired on Monday evening from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory exploded in the southern Israel town of Netivot.

The rocket hit a parked car. There were no reports of casualties but four people were treated for shock, the Negev District Police said. Residents in the area reported that the “red alert” alarm that is usually heard before a rocket explosion did not work this time.

Several minutes after the rocket attack on Netivot, a second Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the city of Ofakim. There were no reports of injuries or damage as a result of the attack.

Two weeks ago, a Qassam rocket exploded in an open area in the Negev Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

On Sunday, Hamas closed the Rafah border crossing with Egypt due to the unrest in the country, the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency reported. Hamas officials announced that the crossing would be closed “for several days,” which would prevent hundreds of PA Arabs from crossing into Egypt.

According to the Ma’an report, Hamas has bolstered its forces along the border and has deployed hundreds of troops. The report added that due to the unrest in Egypt, Hamas has shut down the activity in the underground tunnels that connect the Gaza Strip and Egypt.