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Gaza Hamas: More Israeli Towns to be Included in Range of Fire 09 01

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Batoul Wehbe

09/01/2009 Spokesman for Hamas’ military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Ubaidah, said his organization was still running full force and was capable of firing rockets at occupied territories for many months. Abu Ubaidah added that the organization has decided to include more Israeli communities in the range of fire.

Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip resumed rocket fire on the occupied territories on Friday with a barrage of at least 30 rockets since the morning hours on the 14th day of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Hamas has announced that its al-Qassam grad rockets have hit a major Israeli airbase near Tel Aviv, which is believed to house nuclear arms.
Tel Nof, which is one of Israel’s three main air bases, has been hit by Palestinian missiles, the al-Aqsa TV station reported on Friday.

The air base is situated just 27 kilometers away from Tel Aviv on the outskirts of Rehovot, an Israeli city to the south of the capital. Tel Nof is home top a number of Israeli fighter and helicopter squadrons as well as several special military units. Israel allegedly stores its nuclear weapons in and around the base.

Rockets were fired at Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba and the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional council. At least seven rockets hit the western Negev, all of them striking cities previously considered out of the range of rocket fire. Four Grad rockets exploded in open fields near Beersheba early Friday morning, causing no casualties or damages. Two more rockets struck the Ashkelon area just after and minutes later, at least one rocket hit Ashdod.

Another two rockets struck the Ashkelon area minutes after three more Grads struck near Beersheba. Also, two rockets hit an open area near the Sha’ar Hanegev regional council.

Another two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council, wounding one Israeli settler and damaging number of buildings. About half an hour later, three more rockets struck the Negev city of Sderot. Earlier, a false alarm was sounded in some of Beersheba’s neighborhoods as a result of a malfunction in the siren system.

At least 30 rockets struck the Negev on Thursday, leaving four settlers wounded and a number more suffering from shock. Two Israelis were seriously wounded from rockets which exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.

According to figures presented Thursday evening by the Israeli Shin Bet security service, more than 450 rockets have been fired at Israel since the start of the war on Gaza. Cities like Ashdod, Gdera and Beersheba found themselves under fire, joining Sderot, Ashkelon and other southern communities.

The blows suffered by the rocket’s manufacturing and storage alignments, including the damage caused to the launching pads and launching cells, were heavy but have yet to destroy the entire alignment, the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported. Resistance rockets have killed four Israeli settlers and wounded dozens more since the war on Gaza began on December 27.


Written by morris

January 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Posted in Gaza, Hamas

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