HEAVY GRAD ROCKET EXPLODED IN ASHKELON
An Iranian made rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, on Friday 07/30/2010 morning, exploded in the heart of a populated area in the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel. Two people suffered shock. Two empty floors of an apartment building, several cars and a nearby pavement sustained damage. Many windows were shattered (see also - Ashkelon-Netivot).
Police dispatched to the rocket's landing site urged the residents to stay in their homes for fear of additional rockets. It is the worst attack on Israel from Gaza Strip since OPERATION CAST LEAD.
A total of four rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel last Saturday, 07/24/2010, causing no injuries. An initial examination revealed that one of the rockets, which exploded near Kibbutz Nahal-Oz, was manufactured using professional means, most likely outside of the borders of the Gaza Strip (see also - Cameron-Comment).
Israel responded, on Saturday 07/31/2010 at about 02:30, with an airstrike on Hamas compounds in Gaza killing Issa Batran, 42 - a commander of the group's military wing in central Gaza and a rocket maker, AP reported. Issa Batran survived several previous attempts on his life.
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