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Rocket attack during Indian delegation's visit to Israel

world Updated: Aug 22, 2007 04:30 IST

An Indian Muslim leaders' delegation, on a rare visit to Israel, on Tuesday had to scramble behind the mountains to take shelter to escape from Hamas rocket attack from Gaza Strip.

Sirens warning an impending rocket attack went off when the Indian delegation during its visit to the southern Israeli city of Sederot.

"We heard a warning shot which was followed by a siren. We were immediately rushed to take shelter behind the mountains where we heard the sound of another rocket attack which hit the city," Maulana Umair Ilyasi, leader of the delegation, told PTI after the attack which took place on Monday.

The delegation is visiting Israel on the invitation of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Australian Israel Jewish Affairs Council, (AIJAFC).

The AJC and the AIJAC had arranged a trip for the visiting Indian delegation to the southern city of Sederot, which is just 800 metres away from Gaza border.

"We were just watching the Gaza Strip from the top of a mountain when the rockets were fired from the Hamas controlled territory," Ilyasi, General Secretary of the All India Organisation of Imams of Mosques, said.

"There were two rockets which hit the city today," an official said. On an average three rockets are fired from Gaza every day, he said.

Later, in an operation the Israeli forces killed six Hamas activist, the local news channels reported.