Daily Israel Report

Gaza Rocket Attacks on Southern Israel 'Resume'

Gaza terrorists launched another rocket attack on southern Israel Thursday afternoon, aiming at the Sha'ar HaNegev district.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 6/21/2012, 4:30 PM

An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket
An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket
Reuters

Palestinian Authority terrorists launched another rocket attack on southern Israel Thursday afternoon, aiming at the Sha'ar HaNegev district.

At around 1:30 p.m. a short-range Qassam rocket was fired by Gaza terrorists at the southern Israeli region. The rocket landed in an open area.

No one was physically injured, although residents who have previously experienced rocket attacks suffered some symptoms of anxiety and some with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) had trauma symptoms triggered by the explosion.

No property damage was reported by authorities.

Despite a so-called “truce” declared by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza, two Grad Katyusha missiles were fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon in the wee hours of the morning. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. The second landed harmlessly in an open area south of the city.

No one was physically injured. Ashkelon elementary schools were ordered closed by the city's Mayor, Benny Vaknin.

A barrage of five short-range Qassam rockets were launched in an attack on the Eshkol Regional Council district at about 7:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, students at a girls' high school in Be'er Sheva showed up to classes with red eyes and hoarse voices, their exhaustion plain on their faces.

"At first, the teacher thought they'd been out partying all night,” a student told Arutz Sheva, “but then they explained they had been awakened by the Color Red sirens every hour.”

The girls, who hailed from various communities throughout the south, had been racing in and out of safe rooms all the previous night, the student further explained. “They barely got any sleep.” Just minutes earlier a Grad Katyusha missile had struck the outskirts of Be'er Sheva, the largest city in Israel's Negev desert region,  just as children had reached their schools.

At least 120 rockets have been fired from Gaza at southern Israel within a 72-hour period. Four Border Guard police officers were wounded, one seriously, in one of the attacks on Ashkelon earlier in the week.