Grad Hits Central Ashkelon

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CBNNews.com - ASHKELON, Israel - For the first time since the conclusion of Israel's three-week operation in the Gaza Strip, a Grad missile exploded in central Ashkelon.

Just after 7:00 a.m., as children made their way to school, the Color Red siren gave residents approximately 15 seconds to take cover from an incoming missile attack.

The Grad exploded between two apartment buildings in a residential neighborhood, sending three residents into shock, shattering windows and damaging several vehicles, including a bus.

Shlomo Cohen, the city's acting deputy mayor, speculated that Hamas terrorists fired the missile.

"So far different [terror] organizations have been firing rockets, but since this is a Grad rocket, it was probably fired by Hamas," Cohen said.

"We are waiting to hear from the Home Front Command and the different security officials whether there's a change in Hamas's policy," he said.

"My estimation is that this [rocket fire] will continue, and therefore we recommend that residents maintain their [normal] life routines," Cohen said.

After discussing the situation, the Ashkelon municipality decided schools should open in spite of the attack, but only 35 percent of the students attended classes Tuesday.

"After evaluations of the situation that took place this morning, in the military and the municipality, we decided to continue with our routine life," Mayor Benny Vaknin said.

"Ashkelon's residents are strong and will not let terror dictate their routines," he said.

Source: YNet news

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