Iranian missiles hit southern Israel city

Monday, May 12, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Missiles provided by Iran to Palestinian terror groups based in the Gaza Strip struck the southern Israel coastal city of Ashkelon on Monday morning, shocking locals after a period of relative calm.

One of the two GRAD-type Katyusha missiles landed just feet from a residential building and not far from a schoolhouse. The missile left a large crater in the ground, but did not cause any damage to surrounding structures. An Israeli woman who was nearby when the missile struck was treated for anxiety.

The second missile landed in a national park that was fortunately empty of visitors at the time of the attack.

Meanwhile, Israeli defense officials cited by Israel's Ynet news portal said that Gaza terrorists are now firing more mortar shells than rockets, believing Israel less likely to launch any significant military response to the "softer" weapons.

Despite the ongoing terrorist fire from Gaza, Defense Ministry sources told The Jerusalem Post that Israel will resume large-scale industrial fuel supplies to the Hamas-ruled territory to prevent the shutdown of its main hospital.

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