Jerusalem – Two missiles fired from Gaza yesterday evening hit a southern Israeli kibbutz.
â€¨The “Color Red” alarm system did not go off this time, thereby prompting a scare among area residents who heard the explosions. Earlier yesterday, six mortar shells fired by the Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and by the Popular Resistance Committees landed near another southern community. Israeli censorship did not allow the media to disclose which communities were hit.
Meanwhile, also yesterday morning, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers identified and killed four armed Palestinians attempting to place an explosive device near the Gaza security fence.
At the same time, however, the Israel government ministerial committee on national security affairs met yesterday and rejected the possibility of amending its decision from February to expand the structural reinforcement plan for communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip beyond the 3.5-mile range.
It is estimated that it could cost hundreds of millions of Israeli shekels beyond what had originally been estimated. The committee met in the wake of an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Southern Israeli communities are suing the Israeli government to demand more protection for their homes and for public buildings. With the six-month, cease-fire accord with Hamas scheduled to end Dec. 19, there is growing concern throughout southern Israel that Israel’s southern communities will suffer the most when Hamas unleashes some of its arsenal of 10,000 missiles on Israel
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