Barely reported, and therefore virtually unnoticed, a rocket attack from Gaza yesterday (Sunday) resulted in a direct hit on a dwelling in southern Israel, injuring a 2-year-old child.
The Qassam slammed into a house in Kibbutz Zikkim. The child was playing on the living room floor with his mother sitting a few meters away. The Qassam rocket launched by terrorists from the northern Gaza Strip struck the side of the small kibbutz home. Mother and son were evacuated to Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center for treatment. The JPost report says the house has a "secure room" but the family did not hear any take-cover alarm.
Two hours after the Zikkim strike, another rocket hit a nearby kibbutz.
Islamic Jihad, Syrian-based and funded by Iran, claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks. A week ago, they announced that their rockets now have an enlarged range, up to 22 kilometers, enough "to hit the far north of Ashkelon". Qassam rockets are normally reckoned to have a range of about 12 kilometers. IJ also boast that they recently formed a suicide brigade of "70 youths, including females". Brainwashing and manipulating impressionable young people into becoming human bombs has long been part of IJ's modus operandi.
CNN, quoting Israeli military sources, says more than 3,600 rockets and mortars have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Israel removed its communities from there in 2005.
UPDATE (Tuesday 18-Dec-07): YNet describes a remarkably surgical Israeli counter-strike.