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Long-range Grad rockets strike Be’er Sheva

JTA

February 23, 2011 | 1:16 pm

At least two long-range Grad rockets struck Beersheba, one reportedly hitting an apartment building.

No one was reported injured in the Wednesday night attack, the first time the southern Israeli city has been hit since the Gaza war in 2009. The area’s Color Red alert sounded in the seconds before the rockets hit.

The attack came several hours after Israeli soldiers shelled a group of Palestinian terrorists that the army said was planting explosives near the Gaza security fence in an attempt to attack Israeli army patrols. An explosive device detonated near an army patrol working near the security fence in the northern Gaza earlier in the day.

Palestinian news services reported that 11 Gazans were injured in the shelling, including eight members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad and three children.

Six mortar shells fired from Gaza also landed in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces reported.

In the past two months, over 12 explosive devices were laid along the security fence and were detonated at IDF forces, according to a statement from the IDF spokesman.

Two explosive devices were uncovered by an IDF force Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip and detonated in a controlled explosion.

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