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Lull over, rockets from Gaza again strike Israel

by Marcy Oster, JTA

August 25, 2011 | 8:53 am

Residents watch as a crane lowers a bomb shelter at a parking lot near houses in the southern Israeli town of Ofakim Aug. 24.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Residents watch as a crane lowers a bomb shelter at a parking lot near houses in the southern Israeli town of Ofakim Aug. 24. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Terrorists in Gaza renewed rocket attacks on Israel, ending a brief lull.

More than 20 rockets were fired at Israel overnight Wednesday through afternoon Thursday. A nine-month-old baby was wounded when a rocket hit a home near Ashkelon. One rocket was intercepted near Beersheba by the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel Air Force planes on Wednesday night struck several terrorist targets including a weapons storage facility, a smuggling tunnel and a weapons manufacturing site, the IDF said. At least four Palestinians were killed and 20 injured in the attacks, Palestinian sources told Israeli media.

The attacks followed a day of quiet, which came after five days in which southern Israel was struck by more than 100 rockets and shells fired from Gaza. 

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, and will not hesitate to respond with strength and determination to any element that uses terror against the State of Israel and until calm is restored.,” Israel’s military said in a statement.

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