Thursday, 21 March 2013

Rockets fired from Gaza on Sderot

At least four rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel on the second day of President Obama's visit to the region.

Two of the rockets fired Thursday morning landed in Sderot, damaging one home. The other two rockets are believed to have landed in Gaza.

The attack occurred hours before Obama traveled to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama condemned the attack.

It is not believed that Israel will retaliate during Obama's visit, according to reports.

"The Israeli response will come at the right place and the right time," an unnamed Israeli official was quoted as telling several Israeli newspapers.

A small Islamist group called Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters. The group is opposed to Abbas' policies vis a vis Israel.

It is the second attack on southern Israel since an Egyptian-brokered truce ended the Gaza conflict, Israel's Pillar of Defense operation, in November. It was the second attack in a month.

"We condemn violence against civilians regardless of its source, including rocket firing," the official Palestinian Wafa news agency quoted Abbas as saying. "We are in favor of maintaining mutual and comprehensive calm in Gaza."

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