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Israeli media: Earlier Israeli report of Ashkelon projectiles false

Aug. 22, 2008 8:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2008 8:52 P.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Reports of two home made shells landing on Ashkelon beach on Friday were false, and the result of malfunctioning Israeli police gear.

The Israeli police use projectile monitoring equipment to keep track of home made shells that are launched out of Gaza, and usually fall in uninhabited areas of the Negev.

Media reports in Israel yesterday claimed two home made shells were fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, and landed near an empty section of the Ashkelon beach. No injuries or damages were reported at the time.

After the Friday report, Israeli sources criticized the continued launching of Palestinian-made projectiles, since there is a truce in place between Hamas and Israel that promised a ceasefire.

Home made projectiles were reportedly fired early last week from the Gaza Strip and landed near Shar HaNegev. On Thursday and Friday last week more projectiles landed in empty fields in the Negev and then in a plant nursery in Sderot.

Projectiles were launched on again on Tuesday, landing in the western Negev near Kibbutz Shar HaNegev, and another shell hit Kibbutz Ashkelot on Sunday.

***Updtaed 10:28am Bethlehem local time

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