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IDF Retaliates After Rocket Barrage Hits Southern Israel

At least four Qassam rockets fired at Israeli territory. IDF fires at suspicious points in Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/16/2012, 1:13 AM / Last Update: 2/16/2012, 4:28 AM

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Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza fired at least four rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday evening, Channel 10 News reported.

Three Qassam rockets were fired at the Ashkelon Coast and Shaar HaNegev Regional Councils, the report said. The rockets exploded in open areas. No physical injuries or damages were reported.

Earlier, a Qassam rocket exploded in an open area near a community in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of physical injuries or damage.

The IDF retaliated for the attacks late on Wednesday night, firing at several suspicious points in Gaza, according to a report on Channel 2 News.

IAF aircraft later attacked two centers of terrorist activity in northern and central Gaza. The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement that direct hits were scored and all Israeli aircraft safely returned to their bases.

Wednesday’s rocket fire comes after a barrage of rockets that were fired at southern Israel last weekend.

On Saturday night, Gaza terrorists fired a short-range Qassam rocket at southern Israel. The missile landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district, in an open area.

No one was physically injured and there were no reports of property damage.

On Friday night, a Grad missile attack blew open a small crater between two homes in the Hof Ashkelon Coastal Region district.

A nearby electric pole was damaged, cutting power to both homes. The shrapnel also penetrated the walls of at least one of the houses as residents were sitting in the living room enjoying the evening. By a miracle, no one was physically injured in the attack.

IAF aircraft later struck three terror tunnels in southern, northern and central Gaza. A weapon manufacturing site in northern Gaza was hit as well.