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Rocket Attacks Pile Up In Gush Katif

One IDF soldier was "moderately" wounded, and nine others were "lightly" hurt, in a mortar shell bombardment on an army base in Gush Katif this morning.
First Publish: 5/13/2003, 10:55 AM

Gush Katif spokesmen say that the number of Kassam rockets and mortar shells fired on Jewish communities in their area in the past 32 months of warfare is something like 2,500 - not 1,300, as reported by the IDF Spokesman. Just two hours after the announcement was released, another shell exploded ten meters from a Ganei Tal roses greenhouse. "What a miracle this was," related Nachum, one of the workers. "If it had landed only ten meters towards us, I don't know what would have happened."

One IDF soldier was "moderately" wounded, and nine others were "lightly" hurt, in a mortar shell bombardment on an army base this morning. The two-shell attack occurred in Gush Katif, on Israel's southern Mediterranean coast, while the soldiers were lining up for the morning flag raising. The army returned heavy fire towards the source of the shelling, and the wounded soldiers were taken to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. Twice in the last few days, including last night, Palestinian terrorists fired several shells at nearby Jewish communities; two people were lightly hurt in the first attack. One of the shells last night landed between two kindergartens.

In addition, yet another Kassam rocket hit Sderot this afternoon. Three people suffered from smoke inhalation after the rocket ignited a blaze in a factory in the Sha'ar HaNegev Industrial Park. They were transported to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment.