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Friday, August 19, 2011

Grad rockets hit Ashdod - yeshiva and synagogue hit

From YNet:

A rocket fired at Ashdod on Friday exploded in the courtyard of a haredi yeshiva and left 10 people injured. Magen David Adom emergency services said two men were seriously injured.

Eight others were lightly injured in the attack. The victims were rushed to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Minor damage was caused to the building.

The rocket was fired at around 8:10 am and a Color Red siren was sounded in Ashdod and Gedera. 
Emergency services detected an additional Grad rocket which hit a synagogue situated several blocks from the yeshiva. The rocket did not explode and security forces are working to demolish the building in order to clear it.

Eyewitnesses said that the victims left the synagogue after hearing the siren. They ran for cover in an adjacent building. When they heard the first blast they came outside and were then hit by the second rocket.

A total of 12 rockets were fired at southern communities overnight.

The "Abdullah Azzam Brigades" took responsibility for the Grad attacks, but no Grad rockets get into Gaza without Hamas' knowledge and approval. Terror groups might manufacture Qassams without Hamas knowing, but they cannot smuggle in rockets and weapons without Hamas' full consent.

YNet also has a profile of four of the victims of yesterday's terrorism.