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      Katyusha Missiles Aimed at Israel 'Discovered' in Lebanon

      Two Katyusha missiles aimed at Israel from Lebanon were discovered Monday. Both were set to launch.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 11/19/2012, 6:50 PM

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      Two Katyusha missiles aimed at Israel from Lebanon were “discovered” Monday in the southern region. Both were set to launch, a security source told Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star.

      The rockets were found in Mazra'at Halta, near Kfat Shuba Hills. They were defused by security forces, the source said, who added that attempts to launch rockets from Lebanon at Israel occur “every time there is an aggression against Gaza.”

      Rockets firings from Lebanon at Israel are often carried out as a message of solidarity with Gaza, the source told the newspaper. If launched at full power, the Katyushas that were discovered could have reached at least seven kilometers into Israel. They were placed four kilometers from the northern Israeli border.

      Missile fire aimed at southern Israel from Gaza continued into the night on Monday, as it had throughout the day. 

      Shortly after 5 p.m., two Grad Katyusha missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system protecting the southern city of Be'er Sheva. A third Grad Katyusha missile exploded in the Ashkelon Coastal region, but landed in an open area, where it caused no property damage. No one was physically injured.

      A short-range Kassam rocket exploded in an open area on the outskirts of the town of Sderot, barely a kilometer from Gaza. No physical injuries or property damage reported.

      Mortar fire was also directed at a residential area in the Eshkol Regional Council district. No physical injuries or property damage was reported.

      Two rockets that were fired at the Bnei Shimon Regional Council district both exploded in open areas, with neither causing damage or physical injuries.

      A chicken coop sustained a direct hit by a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza at a kibbutz in the Gaza Belt region shortly after 5:40 p.m. Human beings were not physically injured but none of the chickens survived, and the structure was destroyed.

      Israel delivered an ultimatum to Gaza's ruling Hamas terrorist organization on Monday morning, warning that it had 36 hours in which to cease the rocket fire or face an expansion of the current counter terror Operation Pillar of Defense offensive in the region.