More missiles from Gaza, rash of attacks in West Bank

Sunday, April 27, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Palestinian forces operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired six missiles at communities in southern Israel on Sunday, causing damaged but no injuries.

In the most serious attack, one of two Kassam rockets to strike the hard-hit southern Israel town of Sderot slammed into a family home and set it on fire. Fortunately, the house was empty at the time of the attack.

Earlier in the day, a Grad-type Katyusha missile hit a garage in the vulnerable industrial zone of the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. On Friday a similar Katyusha strike resulted in severe damage to a local cemetery in Ashkelon.

Three more rockets fired separately throughout the day on Sunday landed in open areas, one inside the boundaries of a southern Israel kibbutz, but caused no damage.

Meanwhile in Samaria, Palestinian assailants hurled firebombs and heavy stones at Israeli motorists near the Jewish community of Karnei Shomron on Sunday evening. No injuries were reported, but at least three vehicles were damaged.

Not far away, at least one Arab gunman opened fire on an Israeli passenger bus traveling through Samaria. The bus sustained minor damage, but no passengers were wounded.

Further south near the Judean town of Bethlehem, a group of Palestinian Arabs again hurled firebombs at passing Jewish motorists, again causing damage but no injuries.

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