Israeli baby wounded as Hamas widens missile range

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

A 3-month-old baby girl was wounded by shrapnel on Tuesday morning when a Hamas missile slammed into her house in the central Israel town of Gedera.

Gedera lies some 25 miles from Gaza, and marks a slight widening of the terrorist missile range. Several large Tel Aviv suburbs lie just a few miles north of Gedera.

At least 20 more Palestinian missiles hit cities and towns across southern Israel on Tuesday morning, causing widespread damage, but no injuries.

More than 40 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel on Monday. Two Israelis in the southern town of Sha'ar Hanegev were lightly wounded.

Another missile scored a direct hit on a kindergarten in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon. The building was empty, as Israel's Home Front Command has ordered all schools within 25 miles of Gaza to remain closed for the time being.

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