Schools in southern Israel closed as more Gaza rockets hit

Click photo to download. Caption: This Beersheva classroom in southern Israel was destroyed by a Grad rocket in December 2008. Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO. ( On Sunday morning, two rockets fired from Gaza exploded near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, prompting the mayor to cancel school.

Fire continued overnight Sunday with more than 15 rockets exploding in Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip, with no injuries or damage to structures reported. Hamas’s military wing, Izzedine al-Qassam, took responsibility for the attacks. Despite the renewed hostilities, schools in Beersheva were open on Monday and operated as usual.

“In recent years, missiles were fired directly into educational facilities while they were empty. We are not protected, and as long as there is not full protection within the education system, I will put human life first,” said Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, according to Israel Hayom.

In response, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched an airstrike against a rocket launch squad in Gaza. According to Gaza officials, one terrorist was killed and another was wounded. The IDF later announced it had launched a second airstrike against a rocket-launching site. There were no reports of casualties.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced that the government will spend $70 million to provide additional rocket protection and fortification for a greater number of residents near Gaza. 

Posted on October 29, 2012 .