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article imageHamas militants fire dozens of rockets into southern Israel

By Kev Hedges     Mar 19, 2011 in World
Gaza - Islamic group Hamas, which governs Gaza, has admitted firing some of the dozens of rockets that have landed in southern Israel during Saturday morning.
The Izzadin Kassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for twelve of the mortars fired. More than 50 were fired at three towns; Sha'ar Hanegev, Eshkol and Sdot Hanegev. Two Israelis were injured and have been taken to hospital in Beersheba.
The Defense Force in Israel has responded with helicopter gun attacks and tank shells. The rocket attacks are the heaviest such barrage in two years, reports BBC Middle East. One building in Eshkol sustained heavy damage but the majority of the rockets fell harmlessly onto open ground. Eshkol is mainly a farming community and has been the target of Palestinian shelling for several years, reports Jerusalem Post.
Three days ago the IDF killed two Hamas members as it continued its search to locate the Palestinian killer of five members of a Jewish settler family in the West Bank.
Hamas members are not usually responsible for direct attacks but Israel holds them responsible for all attacks in the Gaza Strip.
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