One dead in rocket barrage on Israel   2011-08-21 04:43:18 FeedbackPrintRSS

JERUSALEM, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Beersheva resident in the south of Israel was killed and at least three other individuals were seriously wounded in a direct hit by a Grad rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza Saturday night, according to the Israeli Magen David Adom rescue service.

The Hamas took responsibility for the hit, local news site Ynet reported.

Another rocket which hit the town of Ofakim wounded a four- month-old infant, an older child and an adult, according to the report.

"At first I saw a spark and then I heard a loud bang that shook the entire neighborhood ... the rocket landed in my neighbor's backyard," a nearby resident told the newspaper.

Eleven Israelis and three illegal Palestinian workers were wounded Saturday morning in another Grad rocket in Beersheba, according to local reports.

Since Thursday's combined attack, over 75 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza hit the country's southern areas, the Israeli army said.

On Friday, rockets hit a synagogue, school complex in the coastal port city of Ashdod, seriously wounding a Jewish worshiper and at least five others.

Since Friday morning, some 500,000 Israelis in range of the Grad and Kassam fired out of Gaza are under instruction to stay in protected areas.

While the Israeli air force has been hitting what it said were militant targets throughout the day, a senior Israeli officials told local media Saturday afternoon that "Israel has no intention of embarking on Cast Lead II," referring to the month-long foray into Gaza in 2009.

Palestinian sources said that the Israeli strikes have killed at least 14 Palestinians since Thursday.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the senior military echelon went into emergency session Saturday night, to weigh continuing responses to the rocket fire, according to the Israel Radio.

"Over the last two days, Israel has been hitting back hard at those responsible for the attack in the south, and is acting with efficiency against the launching of Grad missiles and rockets from Gaza in order to protect the citizens of Israel," Barak said in a statement released Saturday night.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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