Kassam Fatality Monday Evening

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A Kassam rocket attack Monday evening killed 70-year-old Shlomit Katz, a resident of Kibbutz Gvar'am near Ashkelon, the second Kassam fatality in four days.

Magen David Adom paramedics, who tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her at the scene, also treated a 50-year-old male resident for shock.

Earlier, Katz had decided to meet her sister-in-law, on a visit from the States, at the Negev kibbutz because of a Kassam rocket that hit near Ashkelon that morning, not far from her home in Gvar'am, where they'd originally planned to visit with one another.

Katz, who was waiting outside one of the homes while her son went inside to inquire if they had the right address, was standing less than a foot from where the Kassam hit.

The terrorists have hit with more deadly accuracy in recent days. Last week, Jimmy Kedoshim, 48, a father of four, was killed when a Kassam rocket landed in his yard in Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

Despite the killings, a few hours prior to Katz's death, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters that Israel was leaning toward accepting Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman's draft for a six-month truce with Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

According to Barak, the temporary cease-fire would become permanent once captured Israel Defense Forces Corporal Gilad Shalit is released.

"If the cease-fire doesn't work, our alternative to stopping Hamas's attacks is invading Gaza," a senior defense official said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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