Fortunately, they landed on their side this time
And here we go again... Hamas launched three rockets
at southern Israel this morning. Fortunately, this time they all landed on the Gaza side of the fence.
The rocket attack marks the first time Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have attempted to strike Israel for nearly two months.
No damage or injuries were reported.
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) ordered
the closure of the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Gaza and
About 20 rockets have been fired by militant groups this year. Several
rockets were fired during US President Barack Obama’s visit in March.
rocket fire broke a months-long period during which the Hamas regime in
Gaza restrained elements in the coastal enclave, bringing about quiet.
Since Operation Pillar of Defense in November, there have been few
incidents of rocket fire.
The London-based pan-Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat
reported last month that Hamas is actually trying to stop the rocket fire.
Last month, the London-based Arab language daily Asharq Al-Awsat
reported that Hamas replaced policemen at the Gaza Strip border areas
with fighters from its Kassam Brigades in an effort to stop rocket fire
at southern Israel.
The paper quoted a Palestinian source as
saying that Israel passed messages to Hamas through Egyptian mediators
threatening to launch another large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip if
the rocket fire didn't stop.
Hamas's Kassam Brigades have set up
fixed and mobile roadblocks and have begun searching cars in areas near
the border. They were also deployed to areas further away from the
border that were used in the past to fire rockets at Israel, the
Palestinian source told Asharq Al-Awsat.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Ashkelon, Gaza, Hamas rockets, Kerem Shalom crossing point