50+ Kassam Rockets Hit Israel

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CBNNews.com - Wednesday, Palestinians in Gaza fired more than 50 Kassam rockets on southern Israel.

Hamas claims the rockets are in response to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counter-terror operations in the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, 19 Palestinians were killed as IDF troops sought to root out the terror infrastructure in Gaza and destroy Kassam rocket launching pads.

"There is a war going on in Gaza every day," IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-General Gabi Ashkenazi said Wednesday.

"There is no perfect solution to the Kassam rocket fire, and we may need to expand our operations," he said.

"We will continue to take action and do whatever it takes to stop the fire," he said.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak affirmed that the IDF would increase its efforts in the Gaza Strip if the Palestinians continue the rocket barrages.

"We will do everything possible to stop terrorism," the defense minister said. "If it becomes necessary, we will escalate our operations in Gaza to strike at those terror squads that are trying to harm us," he said.

Early Thursday morning as Sderot children were en route to school, a salvo of 15 rockets hit the city.

One rocket exploded in the yard of a resident's home, one in a major intersection and a third in the industrial area. One woman was injured by shrapnel and a number of others suffered shock.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news service

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