Kassams Hit Western Negev

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CBNNews.com - SDOT NEGEV, Israel - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two Kassam rockets at western Negev communities Monday morning.

One Kassam set fire to a cactus garden on a kibbutz in Sdot Negev Regional Council and the second landed in an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.

"This morning a rocket exploded inside the kibbutz, not far from the houses," the community's secretary told YNet news.

"The rocket landed in a cactus garden and caused light damage. It's a miracle there were no injuries," he said.

"Since the fighting [during Operation Cast Lead] ended [four weeks ago], rockets continue to explode in our area so we are not relying on the promised lull," he said.

Police sappers believe the 90-millimeter rocket was fired by Hamas operatives.

Just after 11:00 p.m. Sunday, residents in the Sha'ar Hanegev and the Sdot Negev regional councils ran for shelter when the Color Red siren warned of an incoming Kassam from northern Gaza. No one was injured and there was no property damage.

Around 8:00 p.m Friday, a Grad missile a landed in an agricultural field on the outskirts of a community in the Hevel Yavne Regional Council, the farthest-reaching attack since the end of Israel's military operation in Gaza.

Though the Color Red alarm malfunctioned, no one was injured in the explosion.

In response to the weekend rocket fire, IAF (Israel Air Force) crews targeted arms smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor, a strip of land between the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian Sinai.

IDF (Israel Defense Forces) officials believe that Palestinians are firing fewer rockets out of concern that Israel could launch a second operation in Gaza.

Source: YNet news

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