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Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for rocket attacks on Israel
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09:16, December 22, 2008

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A Palestinian armed group on Sunday claimed responsibility for firing rockets into Israel from Gaza Strip, which slightly injured one person.

In a statement sent to the media, the Islamic Jihad movement said its militants fired 10 home-made rockets and several rounds of mortars into southern Israeli towns of Sderot, Ashkelon and Eshkol community.

The statement said the rockets fire kept nearly an hour early on Sunday morning.

Israeli sources said a Thai worker sustained minor injuries and a woman was treated for shock in Sderot.

The rockets have been falling into Israeli border communities since Saturday when a six-month ceasefire expired.

Also on Sunday morning, Israeli warplanes destroyed a rocket launcher that was set for firing missiles into Israel in northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses said.

The witnesses said the Israeli air strike did not cause any injuries. They added that Israeli tank shells were landing on opens paces near the security fence that separates northern Gaza Strip from Israel.

Mu'awia Hassanien, a Palestinian emergency official, called on the residents of border areas in Gaza Strip to be careful and prevent their children from playing in open fields for fear of Israeli raids.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire was not renewed as Hamas, which rules Gaza Strip, and Israel traded accusations over its failure.

Hamas said Israel violated the key term of the agreement by restoring economic restrictions on cargo flow to Gaza while Israel said the closure of the crossings was in response to rocket attacks which occurred during the ceasefire.


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