Sunday, January 01, 2006

More Qassams hit Israel


The ongoing Qassam rocket attacks on Israeli targets resumed Sunday afternoon, despite the IDF's operation "Blue Skies," aimed at curbing rocket fire at Israel.

Two rockets landed in an open area near a western Negev community. No injuries were reported in the strike. Meanwhile, the "Red Dawn" alert system was activated in the southern town of Sderot around 3 p.m. after a Qassam was launched at the community.

All three rockets were fired from areas not targeted during operation Blue Skies.

Sderot resident Moshe Ben Sheetrit told Ynet he did not see the rocket land but heard the explosion.

"It was very loud. The (Red Dawn) system was activated, but it doesn't really help. Unfortunately, all of us are practiced and know what to do," he said. "I hope it will get quiet, because we're sick and tired of this tension."

IDF officials estimated that boosted military operations in the northern Gaza Strip in recent days may push terror cells to other areas in the Strip, a move that would see more Qassams fired at the western Negev.