Israel Warns of Gaza Rockets that Can Reach Beersheba

[AP] Mark Lavie - Israel's top security official warned Sunday that Gaza militants can hit more Israeli cities with longer-range rockets. Yuval Diskin, the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), warned Israel's Cabinet that Gaza's Hamas rulers now have rockets that can reach the city of Ashdod and even the outskirts of Beersheba, 30 miles (50 km.) to the east. In a barrage of 19 Palestinian rockets and three mortars fired at Israel on Sunday, one rocket scored a direct hit on a house in Sderot. "In order to return to a calm like six months ago, we will probably need a wide-scale operation," Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned the Cabinet.

2008-12-22 06:00:00

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