Hanan Greenberg
June 18, 2008 - 4:47pm

Despite the formal announcements from Jerusalem, Gaza and Cairo announcing the ceasefire agreement will go into effect at 6:00 am on Thursday, it was the routine of incessant attacks Israel's South awoke to on Wednesday. In the most recent attack a house in Sderot was hit directly, and ten residents suffered from shock. A woman lightly injured her leg while running for cover.

The Air Force (IAF) attacked two different rocket-launching cells in the northern Gaza Strip, which Palestinian sources said were responsible for the rocket barrage. The IDF stated that in both cases hits were identified.

With less than 24 hours to go before the ceasefire, Palestinian terror groups opened fire at Israelis on the border and launched at least 29 Qassam rockets and ten mortar shells towards the western Negev. Seven rockets were fired within the space of 15 minutesand landed in open spaces south of Ashkelon and in the Sderot area.

At 6 pm Palestinian sources reported that the army attacked two points in the northern Strip. The IDF confirmed it had attacked two cells prepared for rocket fire towards Israel. Three gunmen were injured in the strikes, one of which lost his leg.


The gunmen injured were operatives of the Salah a-Din Brigades, the PRC's military wing, and the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad's military wing.

Earlier, three Qassam rockets fired from northern Gaza crashed into open areas near Zikim and the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council at around 8:00 am. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.

The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the barrage. 


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