Three Gaza missiles hit Israel, as southern war heats up

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israel is once again in the midst of a mini-war with the terrorist forces controlling the Gaza Strip, reported the Israeli media on Wednesday, as three more missiles were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory at cities in southern Israel.

Early Wednesday morning, a Grad-type missile landed just short of the southern port of Ashdod. A few hours later, two Grads slammed into the Negev capital of Beersheva. A 56-year-old man was wounded when one of the missiles landed in the courtyard adjacent to his apartment building.

Miraculously, there were no other injuries.

In addition to the missiles, at least 10 mortar shells were fired at farming communities in southern Israel.

The attacks follow a major weekend escalation, which saw Gaza-based terrorists fire well over 50 mortar shells and rockets into southern Israel.

Israeli forces responded to the weekend assault by hitting terrorist installations throughout Gaza.

On Tuesday, nine Palestinians, including at least four civilians, were killed when Israeli forces returned fire on a source of terrorist mortar fire.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement expressing deep regret over the civilian deaths, but stressing that Hamas alone is responsible for the tragedy by sadistically using the civilian population as a human shield.

Israeli forces are able to lock on to the source of enemy fire, and accurately return fire. However, the Israelis often cannot know whether or not the terrorists are firing from amidst innocent civilians, which the terrorists like to do.

Hamas and its terrorist allies threatened an even stronger response following the deaths, as Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom warned that the situation is very quickly starting to resemble the lead-up to Israel’s wide-scale incursion into Gaza in 2009.

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