Rocket Attack in Western Israel


A Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Eshkol Regional Council in western Israel this morning.

Another two rockets were fired into the same area yesterday. No injuries or damages were reported .

The Qassam rockets are a family of simple unguided missiles with a range of up to 18 kilometers and are primarily fired from the Gaza Strip into neighbouring Israel. The rocket is quite inaccurate but initially had a profound psychological effect on the Israeli population. It is also easy to deploy and hard to spot since the weapon can be fired from a pickup truck.

Attacks by Quassam and other rockets from Gaza have dropped significantly after the Israeli Army attacked the Gaza Strip during ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in 2008/2009.

Israel blames the Hamas in Gaza for the latest attacks. So far no statement has been made by the Hamas or its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades.

(Sources: Israel Defense Forces, al-Qassam Brigades, GlobalSecurity.org; 3 July 2011)

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About Johann Brandstätter

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