Gaza militants fire katyusha rocket into South Israel
Palestinian militants fire a katyusha rocket into south Israel, signalling an escalation by armed groups in the Gaza Strip.world Updated: Oct 08, 2007 08:08 IST
Palestinian militants fired a katyusha rocket into southern Israel on Sunday, Israeli police said, causing no injuries but signalling an escalation by armed groups in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian militants routinely fire small homemade "Kassam" rockets into southern Israel, but have managed to fire katyushas, which have longer ranges and can carry more explosives, just a handful of times. The last time a katyusha was fired was in March 2006.
Police said the rocket landed in an open area near the southern town of Netivot, 15 kilometres east of the Gaza border, igniting a small fire that was put out immediately.