A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, believed to be a Soviet-stype "Grad", landed near a hotel on the beach of Ashkelon, our sister city on Thursday morning. Claiming responsibility first was the Popular Front, then the Jihad's al-Quds Brigades and Salah a-Din Brigades, two other Islamic terrorist groups.
This is the third time that Ashkelon has been hit by a rocket from Gaza. Two other rockets landed in fields south of Ashkelon and on the outskirts of Sderot. A school and the town's port were hit in earlier attacks on Ashkelon.
The mayor Roni Mehatzri said this is an escalation against Israel.
Also, Sderot was hit by two Qassam rockets on Thursday. In all, 10 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on this one day.
Israel retaliated for the rockets by targeting buildings used by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Israel stated that rocket fired at Ashkelon was the longest-range rocket ever fired from Gaza. Israel sent searchers into Gaza looking for terrorists responsible for the cross-border rocket salvos. Palestinian terrorists were shooting at Israeli soldiers from civilian areas. The result was that Israel killed nine Palestinians. More than 30 were wounded. Three of the dead were civilians.
References: JTA the Global News Service of the Jewish People 1/3/08
ynet news.com (Khadeshote News)