Israel – Rocket Attacks Continue; Thousands Spend Shabbat in Shelters

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    Smoke trail from a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel is seen , Saturday, April 9, 2011.Palestinian militants fired more than a dozen rockets at southern Israel on Saturday and Israeli warplanes killed four militants in the Gaza Strip in the most intense fighting since Israel's 2008-2009 offensive in the Hamas-ruled territory. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Israel – Thousands of residents of southern Israel spent Shabbat in bomb shelters, as Hamas terrorists from Gaza continued firing rockets at Israeli targets in the Negev. Since Thursday, Arab terrorists have fired over 100 mortar shells and Kassam rockets at Israeli targets, with fifty fired since early Saturday.

    The rockets hit not only areas near the border, but areas further inside Israel, including the Ashkelon area. Four Grad-style Katyusha rockets hit areas near the city, but there were no injuries or damage reported. However, several people were hospitalized for shock, and as of Saturday night, three were still in the hospital.

    Damage was reported in several towns, and major damage was reported in a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, where a water pipe was destroyed. Residents said that they felt that the days of Operation Cast Lead, when Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians, had returned.

    The Iron Dome system registered a number of successes, intercepting several rockets aimed for Be’ersheva, Ofakim and Be’ersheva. The system has intercepted eight rockets since Thursday.

    Palestinian children gather next to a car destroyed in an Israeli strike on Gaza City, Saturday, April 9, 2011. Israel pounded Hamas targets in Gaza with air strikes and tank shells Saturday, killing four militants, Palestinian officials said, as Palestinian missiles reached deeper into Israel in the most intense round of fighting since the Gaza war. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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