Rockets from Gaza Strip Hit Beer Sheva

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JERUSALEM, Israel - For the first time since Operation Cast Lead, the Israel Defense Forces' three-week incursion into the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009, Palestinian terrorists fired two long-range rockets into the southern city of Beer Sheva Wednesday night.

The Grad-type Katyusha rocket exploded in a residential neighborhood around 8:45 p.m., damaging homes and vehicles. Four people were treated for shock, including two children.

The IDF retaliated initially with a precision airstrike on an Islamic Jihad cell in eastern Gaza City.

Palestinian authorities said three members of the al-Quds Martyrs Brigades, the "armed" wing of the Islamic Jihad terror group, were lightly injured in the strike.

More IAF airstrikes followed overnight on the Hamas terror infrastructure, including weapons warehouses and smuggling tunnels, Army Radio reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, the IDF fired on an al-Quds Brigades' cell that had detonated a roadside bomb and launched a mortar shell at soldiers on a routine patrol along Israel's border with northern Gaza.

Palestinians medical sources said 11 people were injured, one succoming to his wounds Wednesday night.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

The IDF Spokesperson's Office said Palestinians have planted more than 12 roadside bombs along the border since the beginning of the year.

"The terrorist organizations are constantly operating against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers," the Spokesperson's Office stated in its press release.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it."

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