Kassam Rocket Fired From Dugit Lands in Ashkelon Indus. Zone

A Kassam rocket, fired from the former Jewish community of Dugit in northern Gaza, fell in an Israeli industrial zone, just south of the city of Ashkelon, on Sunday afternoon.

Scott Shiloh, | updated: 20:06

No damage or injuries were reported in the attack.

The rocket attack, the second against Ashkelon in the past three days, came perilously close to strategic targets in the area. Those targets include a major oil pipeline, a power plant, and a desalination plant.

A successful strike against such targets could impact severely on day-to-day life in Israel, with particularly harmful ramifications for hundreds of thousands of people living in the southern part of the country.

The ‘Al Aksa Division,’ the military wing of the Islamic Jihad terror group took credit for the strike. The terror group released a statement referring to Ashkelon as a “settlement.” That term, while commonly used to refer to Jewish towns in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, is often used by terror groups to connote a community set up in occupied territory.

The group’s statement said that it fired a “Kuds 101 rocket in the direction of the Ashkelon settlement in the southern Palestine, conquered in 1948.”

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz will be holding consultations with the security establishment on Sunday night, in order to evaluate the situation and formulate a response to the growing threat of Kassam rockets on Israeli cities, towns, and civilian infrastructure in the south.