The moshav is located about 200 meters (650 feet) north of the Erez Crossing in northern Gaza and has been the target of previous mortar shell and rocket attacks.

(See link Gush Katif for map of Jewish communities in Gaza. Netiv Ha'Asarot is located immediately north of Elei Sinai, marked on the northern end of the map.)

Three other shells exploded harmlessly in the community and the fourth one struck a house on the moshav. Shrapnel injured the woman in her head and killed her as she was sitting on the porch. Her fiance and two others were treated for shock. Initial reports were that terrorists had fired Kassam rockets on the moshav, but security officials later determined that the weapons were mortar shells.

The owner of the house said he had asked the government to reinforce the roof against terrorist attacks, but was told no funds were available. "I told them that when someone will be killed, then the money will arrive, and now someone has been killed."

Arab terrorists fired more than 20 mortar shells and rockets from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, where the IDF previously has entered several times to stop terrorists from attacking. Terrorists timed the massive attack to coincide with a visit to Gaza by PA chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas).

Four shells landed at an army base near Kibbutz Nahal Oz and caused damage but no injuries. Two rockets hit the Jewish community of Nissanit in northern Gaza and more mortar shells landed in Gush Katif both before and after the fatal rocket attack.

One caused heavy damage to a Border Guard patrol vehicle which had carried soldiers to neutralize other shells which were fired. No one was injured.

Terrorist leaders from Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, associated with Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority (PA), claimed they were behind the attacks.

Earlier on Thursday, Sapir College in the western Negev suffered heavy damage from a mortal shell and rocket attack. Rockets and shells also hit Gush Katif, causing damage but no injuries. One rocket hit the roof of the house of David Hatuel, whose entire family - wife Tali and four daughters - was wiped out in a terrorist attack last year.

Terrorists have continually attacked Gush Katif and the western Negev with shells and rockets during most of the "calm" since the Sharm el-Sheikh accords. The number of shells and rockets earlier in the year was several a day, but in the last several weeks the number has increased to almost 100 a week.

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) has stated in the past that he has prevented 90 per cent of intended attacks and that attacks "here and there" can be expected.

Health Minister Danny Naveh (Likud) called on the government to cancel the expulsion and withdrawal program. "Otherwise, it will be interpreted as withdrawing under fire," he added.

Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) accused Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of surrendering to terror and causing a division among the people of Israel. MK Uri Ariel (National Union) called on Sharon to order the IDF to retaliate immediately.

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