Week Begins with Rocket Attacks

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CBNNews.com - WESTERN NEGEV, Israel - On Monday morning, residents of Israeli towns in the western Negev awoke to a series of Color Red sirens, warning of incoming Kassam rockets.

A 10-rocket salvo fired by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fell in and around communities throughout the region.

Magen David Adom (Israel's national emergency rescue service) paramedics treated one person who sustained moderate shrapnel wounds.

Most of the rockets fell in open areas, while three Kassams landed in an industrial area, with no injuries or property damaging reported.

On Sunday, a Kassam scored a direct hit on a mini-market, but miraculously no one was injured. Another rocket landed in the city's cemetery, damaging several gravestones.

Zikim Beach Closes

Meanwhile, local council head Meir Farjun announced that Zikim Beach, south of the coastal city of Ashkelon, will not be open this year due to the ongoing threat of Kassam rocket attacks.

One of Israel's most pristine and popular beaches, Zikim has seen fewer and fewer visitors over the past five years because of the danger of Kassam rocket fire.

The franchiser who had been operating the beach said he has lost too much money over the past several years to continue.

A tender issued by the council for operating the beach did not receive a single bid, so the council closed the beach.

"It really pains me to do it, but I have no other choice," Farjun said. "Visitors don't come to the beach, and therefore there are no revenues," he said.

"The local council doesn't have the money to keep the beach open, and no franchiser is interested in operating it. Unfortunately, the State is really trying to help," Farjun said.

Source: YNet news

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