The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization has vowed to attack the coastal town of Ashkelon with Kassam rockets in retaliation for five targeted killings of Palestinians. The fatalities included two Jihad operatives, two children and a third bystander. No single Kassam has ever reached Ashkelon, 11 kilometers north of the Gaza Strip, but many have landed in the Ashkelon industrial zone, south of the city. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said, “Israel will lay its hands on everyone who acts against it,” especially those planning Kassam attacks.
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