While talks concerning some kind of truce in Gaza Strip continue, residents of southern
Israel received another reminder this morning that the threat of rocket fire looming over them remained very real.

At around 7:10 a.m. local time, Palestinian militants fired a Grad rocket at Ashkelon. A siren sounded throughout the city, followed immediately by a powerful explosion in the city center.

The rocket landed in a residential neighborhood. Three people suffered from shock and were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon Hospital for treatment. A number of cars were also damaged.

In the wake of the incident yesterday morning, the Ashkelon Parents Association called for parents to keep their children out of schools for the day. The municipality alternatively announced that, following a situation assessment, a decision was made to hold classes as usual in schools and kindergartens throughout the city.

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Last night, a Qassam rocket was fired from northern Gaza. The location of where the rocket fell was not discovered inside Israeli territory. Earlier in the day, three mortar shells were fired at the Kerem Shalom area.

The Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked the squad that had fired the mortar shells. Three Palestinians sustained serious injuries as a result. 

Terrorist Killed En Route To Major Terror Attack In South

The terror organizations have not stopped trying to attack residents of southern Israel. Officials with the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) Central Command believe that the interception of a terrorist who was killed in the southern Hebron hills prevented the execution of a major shooting attack in one of the cities in southern Israel.

Troops from the Israeli Armored Corps, which was operating in the area near the Hebron Hills community of Beit Yatir, identified the terrorist yesterday after the car he was driving stopped in a suspicious way some
25 feet from the soldiers. At a certain point, the terrorist opened fire at the troops. The soldiers quickly returned fire and killed the terrorist. On his body, the troops found a Kalashnikov assault rifle,
four magazines and a handgun. Large numbers of troops were called to scour the area to make sure that there were not any additional terrorists on the ground. Israel Army Central region commander Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni also arrived on the scene, where he commended the soldiers for a job well

An Israeli intelligence investigation determined the terrorist was planning on committing a shooting attack in one of Israel’s southern cities, but was surprised when he saw the soldiers, which likely is why he opened fire at

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.