These terrorists are crazy
In early 2006 Israel’s defense & intelligence community was concerned about a new arrival into the Gaza arsenal, longer ranged more lethal soviet Katyusha / Grad rockets. With a range of just under 20 kilometers and more explosive punch these rockets bring Ashkelon and other population centers including their important infrastructure within the target of terrorists.
Since then, few grad type longer ranged katyushas have been launched and their employment has often been a cause for escalation. With tensions so high of late, the terrorists in Gaza must be sporting a serious death-wish to launch these weapons which are sure to draw a sharp response. These are not what the embarrassing international media likes to call ‘crude home made rockets’, these are soviet weapons, like the rockets fired by the thousands at Israel last summer via Hezbollah.
Via YNET- 3 Qassams, 1 Katyusha, and many mortars strike Israel
Police say Katyusha hit Negev
Rocket fire from Gaza continues, house in kibbutz damaged in mortar shell attack, no injuries reported
Yonat Atlas Latest Update: 10.07.07, 13:27 / Israel News
Eight mortar shells and three Qassam rockets landed in the Negev Sunday morning, as residents continued to suffer the brunt of Palestinian munitions fired at the country. Initial reports said four Qassam rockets landed in the area, one not far from Netivot. Hours later, sappers located the rocket’s remains, and transferred them to an explosives lab, which determined the rocket was in fact a Grad-type Katyusha rocket.
The Salah-al-Din Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, claimed responsibility for the mortar shell attack, and claimed the rocket that landed near the Netivot cemetery was a new and improved type of mortar shell. The eight mortar shells, which were launched from the northern Gaza Strip, landed in the Eshkol Regional Council kibbutz of Keren Shalom. One of the shells hit a house, causing a fire. Fire fighters rushed to the scene; no one was injured.
“Luckily for us, the kibbutz dwellings are fortified, and the open areas of the kibbutz are also fortified. I really hope something is done to stop the shooting,” said Eli Aharon, deputy head of the Eshkol Regional Council. [...]
[tags]Hamas, Gaza, Terrorism, Rockets[/tags]