By the second week of 2011, more than 20 rockets, missiles and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel’s southern communities. In response to these attacks, the IDF struck several terror-related sites.

 By second week of 2011: Over 20 rockets launched from Gaza Strip into Israel

 

A Thai agricultural worker surveys the damage at the scene where a mortar fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza exploded in a kibbutz in the western Negev, wounding three of his co-workers, Jan 8, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

By the second week of 2011, more than 20 rockets, missiles and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel’s southern communities.

– On Saturday (Jan. 1), a Kassam rocket was fired at the Sha’ar Hanegev regional council, home to approximately 6,500 residents.

– On Sunday (Jan. 2), a rocket was fired into the Eshkol Regional Council, home to approximately 10,000 residents.

– On Tuesday (Jan. 4), a Kassam rocket was fired and hit the Ashkelon Shore regional council, home to approximately 13,000 residents.

– On Wednesday (Jan. 5), seven mortar shells were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council.

– On Thursday (Jan. 6), a rocket was fired into Sdot Negev Regional Council, home to approx 8,000 residents.

– On Saturday (Jan. 8), four mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip, exploding in a residential area in a kibbutz belonging to the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, wounding three Thai agricultural workers. The military wing of Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds Brigades, took responsibility for the attack, claiming it targeted a military base. At least three Kassam rockets were fired at southern Israel later in the evening, wounding a truck driver lightly.

– On Monday (Jan. 10), three Kassam rockets were fired from Gaza Strip hitting the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, home to 13,000 residents. One mortar shell struck in theEshkol Regional Council.

– On Tuesday (Jan. 11), a Kassam rocket was launched from Gaza hitting the Ashkelon Shore Regional Council, home to approximately14,000 residents

In response to these attacks, the IDF struck several terror-related sites. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) targeted and hit a terrorist activity center in the northern Gaza Strip as well as a weapons manufacturing facility in the central Gaza Strip, both belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization. In a joint operation between the Israel Security Agency and the IDF, the IAF also struck one of the Hamas terrorist organization’s terror activity centers in the central Gaza Strip and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip.

In addition, on January 11 an IAF aircraft targeted an operative of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, Mohammed Najar, involved in planning a massive terror attack in the heart of Israel.

Throughout the year 2010, over 235 Grad missiles, Kassam rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.