Palestinian Rockets Rain on Southern Israel

So much for disengagement helping security.

Jerusalem ( – Islamic Jihad reportedly is claiming responsibility for Wednesday morning’s rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot.
The early-morning barrage came just one day after Israel publicized for the first time that it was sending commando units deep into the northern Gaza Strip to ambush and intercept the rocket-firing squads.
The forays more than a mile into the Gaza Strip mark a tactical change in the way Israel is dealing with the terror cells that moved into the area after Israel pulled out eight months ago.
“We’re doing everything we can to stop [the rocket fire],” said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s advisor Dr. Ra’anan Gissin. “We’re using different tactics. There is a marked reduction in the number of rockets.”
(Press reports on Wednesday quoted one military officer as saying that “new technology” also would help Israel pinpoint the rocket launchers.)
Since Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip last September, more than 440 rockets have landed inside Israel, some doing extensive damage but none – so far – causing any deaths.

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