First Time since Cast Lead, Two Grad Missiles Land in Be’er Sheva

The incident followed an attempted attack at IDF (Zahal) soldiers earlier in the day and resulted in two children and two women being treated for shock

Date: 24/02/2011, 9:37 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva where two Grad missiles landed on Wednesday night (Feb. 23). According to Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross, MDA) spokesperson, Zachi Heller, no one was injured but two women and two children were taken to Soroka Medical Center to be treated for shock as a result of the event.

The MDA has since raised its level of alert in southern Israel.

In the event of a siren, the Home Front Command has instructed civilians, to go to protected areas and close all doors and windows. Those standing outside have been asked to go into the closest building or lie down and cover their heads with their hands in an open area. After ten minutes people may leave protected areas unless they have been instructed otherwise.

Since the end of Operation Cast Lead, which took place more than two years ago, rockets have not landed in the city of Be’er Sheva. Throughout Operation Cast Lead, Be’er Sheva was hit with a barrage during which two people were seriously injured and four others moderately to lightly injured. Other rockets caused no injuries.

The event on Wednesday follows an incident earlier in the day in which, during routine IDF (Zahal) activity next to the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, an explosive device was detonated with the intent of harming IDF (Zahal) soldiers and an additional mortar shell was fired later. There were no injuries nor was there damage caused. IDF (Zahal) forces identified a number of terrorists in the area, firing at them and confirming a direct hit.

Terrorist organizations operate day and night in attempt to harm IDF (Zahal) soldiers and the citizens of the State of Israel. The IDF (Zahal) holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any activity taking place in the Gaza Strip and for keeping the area calm.