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    Last update - 10:42 01/01/2006 Qassam fired from West Bank toward Israel last month http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/664786.html By Amos Harel, Haaretz
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 1, 2006
      Last update - 10:42 01/01/2006

      Qassam fired from West Bank toward Israel last month
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/664786.html
      By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service


      In one of the first Qassam firings from the West Bank into Israel,
      Palestinians fired a makeshift rocket last month toward an area on the Green
      Line opposite an Afula-area moshav, Israeli military sources said on Sunday.

      It was the most successful attempt yet by Palestinian militants to transfer
      the tactic of Qassam firings into the West Bank, with the narrow midsection of
      central Israel as the ultimate target.

      An Israeli security source security source said that the rocket fired from the
      northern West Bank was a cruder version of those launched in Gaza. It fell
      just short of the boundary between Israel and the West Bank, causing no damage
      or casualties.

      The launch, which occurred in mid-December, was of very short range relative
      to rockets built in and fired from Gaza. The rocket traveled only a few dozen
      meters, from the West Bank village of Yamoun to an area opposite the Green
      Line border moshav of Ra-mon, part of the Ta'anachim group of agricultural
      villages outside the northern town of Afula.

      No injuries or damage were reported.

      Military censors delayed publication of the incident for three weeks,
      reflecting wide concern in Israel that Palestinian militants could target its
      main towns and cities with rockets from the occupied West Bank.

      Until now, Palestinians have fired the rockets only from the Gaza Strip, which
      is more distant from Israel's major population centers. The rockets have
      rarely proved deadly, tending to cause more panic than casualties.

      The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of the mainstream Fatah movement claimed
      responsibility for the rocket, calling it a response to Israel's killing of
      two of its gunmen near the city of Jenin.

      Military sources believe the Qassam was built in the West Bank, using know-how
      transmitted over the Internet.

      Efraim Sneh, a Labor MK and former general, said the strike was "a very
      serious development" that showed Palestinians could acquire a capability to
      fire rockets at Israel's heartland from the West Bank.

      Over the past year, there have been a number of unsuccessful attempts to fire
      Qassams from the West Bank into Israel.
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