Palestinian missiles hit Israeli coastal city

Sunday, April 06, 2008 |  by Staff Writer  

Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two GRAD-type Katyusha missiles at the southern Israel coastal city of Ashkelon late Saturday night.

Neither of the missiles caused any injuries, but one landed dangerously close to a factory in Ashkelon's southern industrial zone, which is home to one of Israel's largest power plants and numerous facilities storing dangerous chemicals.

Playing off Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's earlier insistence that his government can do nothing to erase the Gaza threat, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told a Kuwaiti newspaper on Saturday that the Palestinian Authority likewise has no solution to the rocket fire.

Nevertheless, Fayyad insists that Israel must continue making concessions to the Palestinian Authority, even though it is admittedly powerless to fulfill its security obligations. Fayyad also said his government will continue to transfer funds provided to it by the international community to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, despite evidence that much of the money then goes to finance additional attacks on Israel.

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