Southern Israel heats up with rocket and mortar barrage

Sunday, January 10, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip have fired 20 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel over the past week. Over the weekend alone, 10 mortar shells and five rockets were fired.

All of the rockets landed in open areas and did not cause any injuries or damage.

Responding to the escalating threat, Israeli warplanes bombed terrorist targets in Gaza over the weekend. Palestinian sources said three terrorists were killed when Israel bombed an arms smuggling tunnel running under the Gaza-Egypt border.

At Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would continue to respond powerfully to each and every rocket fired into Israel.

The fact that the Palestinian attacks caused no casualties meant they weren't reported in the international media, while the Israelis responses were. Hamas jumped at the opportunity to turn the tables, telling reporters that it was Israel that was trying to provoke another round of full-scale violence in the region.

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