Gaza rocket attacks pound Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Southern Israel was pounded by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Seven mortar shells exploded Monday morning in open areas of the western Negev between Beersheba and Ashkelon.

On Sunday evening, four rockets struck south of Ashkelon.

The attacks came a day after Israel’s Air Force bombed a group of Palestinians in central Gaza that Israel’s military said was preparing to launch rockets at Israel. Five of the attackers, reportedly members of the terrorist organizations Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance for the Liberation of Palestine, were killed in the strike.

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