Three Kassam Rockets Strike Israel

Ad Feedback - Three Kassam rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip landed in a national park near Ashkelon's southern industrial zone Tuesday night.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Following a warning siren, several loud explosions were heard in the industrial zone, but no injuries or property damage occurred.

Earlier Tuesday, a 14 year-old resident of Sderot sustained shrapnel wounds, three people were treated for smoke inhalation and several others for shock when a rocket scored a direct hit on a home.

The Kassam was one of a 14-rocket salvo fired on Sderot and its environs.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, who arrived in the midst of the rocket barrage, said he came to strengthen Sderot residents.

"The city's residents should be proud, and I am proud of them," Peres said. "I am a citizen like all the citizens of Israel, and I cannot change my route and return to Jerusalem; therefore, I insisted on visiting Sderot despite the Kassams," he said.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) responded to Tuesday's rocket fire with an air strike on a Hamas executive force installation in the village of Abassan, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

Seven Hamas operatives were killed and the post heavily damaged.

"Every Hamas site is a possible target, just as are the sites of other terrorist organizations," an IDF source told YNet. "Our message is clear: As long as Hamas fires at us, we will fire at their assets and at their terrorist operatives," he said.

Tuesday night, the IDF targeted rocket-launching cells in northern Gaza, wounding three people, according to Palestinian sources.

Early Wednesday morning, Gaza-based Palestinians opened fire on farmers at Kibbutz Nir Oz. There were no injuries, but a tractor was damaged.

Sources: YNet news service, The Jerusalem Post, israel national news

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