Palestinians Fire Rockets as Israeli Schools Open


Jerusalem, Aug 27 – Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fired seven rockets at Israeli in the past two days, two of them narrowly missing a school just as the new Israeli school year got underway.

The latest barrage brings the total fired this year from Gaza to 542 missiles and rockets, compared to 653 for the whole of 2011, according to a count maintained by The Israel Project.

President Shimon Peres visited the Sha'ar Hanegev Technological High School in southern Israel on Monday, close to where one rocket fired from Gaza landed. He said Israel would respond to further attacks and would not allow terrorists to threaten schools.

“Hamas needs to know that there will be strong repercussions from Israel if it persists in firing rockets at Israeli children,” said the president.

Gaza is controlled by the Iran-backed Hamas organization whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel and urges adherents to kill Jews whenever possible.

Since 2001, nearly 13,000 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza have hit Israel, an average of three attacks a day.

Two of the rockets fired on Sunday hit factories in an industrial area, injuring two people and damaging buildings. One man was reported lightly injured and another suffered from shock. The factory had previously been struck three times by rocket fire from the Strip.

Israel is testing a new mobile phone app designed to send a text message to subscribers warning of incoming rockets. The alert system will deliver location-specific warnings based on the trajectory of a rocket or missile. The text messages are intended to supplement the air raid signals that have been in place across the country for decades and will operate in conjunction with the Israel Defense Force’s Iron Dome system. The military has been testing the system for several months to make sure it is not vulnerable to hackers.

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