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Gaza Mortar Salvo Fired During Funeral of Teens

Mortar barrage hits Eshkol Regional Council even as three murdered teens laid to rest in Modi'in.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/1/2014, 7:44 PM

Gaza terrorists fire mortar shells (file)
Gaza terrorists fire mortar shells (file)
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Terrorists from Gaza launched a salvo of mortar shells towards the Eshkol Regional Council on Tuesday, during the very hours that hundreds of thousands attended a funeral in Modi'in for the three teens who were abducted and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12.

Five mortars were fired from Gaza according to Yedioth Aharonoth, which noted that two of the shells fells in open territory in the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no damage or injury.

The remaining three shells reportedly landed in Gaza, never making it to their target.

Security forces were said to be searching the area to locate the fallen shells after residents reported hearing several explosions. The "Color Red" warning siren was not sounded.

Just minutes later, the "Color Red" siren was heard in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council area, but was later identified as a false alarm by the Council, reports Walla!.

The attack comes as part of an escalating uptick in rocket fire from the Hamas-enclave; earlier on Tuesday morning four rockets were fired, after several more were launched in over Monday night.

A total of 15 rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists overnight Sunday and on Monday morning, mostly peppering the Eshkol Regional Council.

Security sources on Monday announced that Hamas launched the attack, which reportedly marks a first since the end of the counter-terror Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012. Hamas has not taken responsibility for the rocket fire officially.

While there has been a steady stream of rocket fire even since the Operation Pillar of Defense "ceasefire" that was brokered by Egypt, the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terror group and terrorist factions other than Hamas have largely claimed the attacks.

The wave of rockets comes after a particularly damaging attack Saturday night, in which a rocket directly hit a plastics factory in Sderot, burning it down completely and injuring three people lightly.