Monday, March 03, 2008

A New Front Line and A New Reality for the Residents of Ashkelon

Palestinian militants fire rockets nearly daily at Sderot and other Israeli border towns near Gaza. But by reaching Ashkelon, a city of 120,000 people about 17 kilometers (11 miles) north of Gaza, Hamas raised the stakes considerably. It is one of the largest cities in southern Israel and houses a hospital, a college and other strategic installations like an electric plant and a water purification plant. read the rest here

Security Officials Warn Hamas Rockets Came from Iran

The Security Cabinet was warned Monday that the Grad rockets used to attack Ashkelon came from Iran .

Security officials estimated that Hamas and other terrorists have smuggled approximately 20 Grad rockets into Gaza but added that the Air Force has bombed out the largest explosives laboratory in the Gaza region.

They also warned that the northern border faces a threat of a Hizbullah attack in revenge for the recent assassination of Hizbullah mastermind terrorist Imad Mughniyeh although Israel has denied any involvement.

Assistance for Gaza from Egypt and Israel Amidst Clashes and Rocket Attacks
Even as the rockets continued to fly and fierce clashes raged between IDF soldiers and terrorists, Egypt opened its border to accept 150-200 wounded Gaza residents for medical treatment on Sunday. The same day, Israel sent 62 trucks loaded with medical and food supplies into the region through the Sufa Crossing.

By Monday, two hospitals in the Jewish State were also accepting Gazan Arabs who were injured in clashes between IDF soldiers and Palestinian Authority terrorists.

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