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January 1, 2009-January 18, 2009 |
Further information: Gaza War#Palestinian paramilitary activity
January 27, 2009
Palestinians activated an explosive device. The explosive device was detonated against an Israeli army patrol along the border just north of Kissufim crossing about 8 a.m. In the fighting, an Israeli soldier was killed and three others were wounded, according to the Israeli military. About 90 minutes later, a Palestinian was killed by Israeli helicopter fire east of Khan Yunis, near the border fence with Israel.
January 31, 2009
One Grad rocket struck south of Ashkelon after a Color Red alert sounded in the city. The projectile struck an open field in the city. No injuries were reported in the attack.
February 1, 2009
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired at least five Qassam rockets and 14 mortar shells at southern Israel.
Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers and an Israeli civilian were lightly wounded four mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip exploded near them in the Sha'ar Hanegev region of the western Negev.
Three rockets struck the Eshkol region, two of them landing in open fields and the third between two kindergartens. A fourth rocket struck an open field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area and a fifth exploded in Nir Am, near the Gaza border. No casualties or damage were reported in any of the strikes.
Four mortar shells struck the Eshkol region of the western Negev earlier on Sunday, as well. No injuries or damages were caused. 
Palestinian militants in Gaza fired at least one Qassam rockets and 3 mortar shells at southern Israel. The Israel Defense Forces said it targeted the gunmen who had fired the mortars.
February 3, 2009
Palestinian militants fired a Grad into Ashkelon on Tuesday. Mayor Benny Vaknin told Israel Radio that a Grad rocket "struck the heart of a residential neighbourhood". "To the best of my knowledge, when it's a Grad rocket, it's from Hamas," Vaknin said.
February 4, 2009
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a mortar shell at southern Israel, which exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. Three people were treated for shock after the attack, but there were no casualties.
February 6, 2009
Palestinian militants fired two rockets from the coastal strip into Israel. The first of the rockets hit the Sha'ar Hanegev region. Three hours later, a rocket hit near the coastal city of Ashkelon. The attacks caused no casualties.
February 8, 2009
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a Grad rocket at Ashkelon. The rocket attack on the southern town caused neither casualties nor damage. Earlier that day, a Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck the western Negev. The IDF said one car was set ablaze and several others were damaged by shrapnel. No injuries were reported.
February 10, 2009
"A Kassam rocket struck the western Negev" during the day of the 2009 Israeli legislative election.. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired the rocket just half an hour before the polls were to close.
February 11, 2009
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired four mortar shells at the western Negev [some versions indicate only two mortar shells] during the course of the day Wednesday.
February 13, 2009
Two Qassam rockets and a mortar shell fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip exploded in the western Negev, causing no casualties or damages. One of the rockets struck an open field in the Eshkol Regional Council and about an hour later another hit near the city of Sderot.
February 15, 2009
A rocket struck southern Israel late Sunday night in the Sdot Negev area
February 16, 2009
Palestinian rockets hit Israel Monday morning. Two rockets fired from Gaza one hitting an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev region and the other hitting inside a kibbutz in the Sdot Negev region. No injuries were reported in either incident, but some property sustained damage.
IAF jets bombed the Philadelphi route, an area of smuggling tunnels near Gaza's border with Egypt in response to the rocket fire.
February 18, 2009
On Wednesday, a Qassam rocket hit the western Negev. The rocket exploded in a field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no casualties or damages.
February 19, 2009
Five Qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev. Two in the morning hitting the Eshkol region and three in the evening, one hitting near Sderot and the other two near Netivot. The rocket attacks caused neither casualties nor damage. Shortly afterwards the morning attack, the Israel Defense Forces hit a Palestinian militant attempting to plant a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border, lightly wounding him. The militant, who was hurt near the Keren Shalom border crossing, was later taken to a hospital in Israel for treatment. Israel Air Force warplanes bombed six smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border in response to the morning rocket fire. The attack caused secondary blasts, according to the IDF, which showed that explosives were hit in the airstrike. :There were no reports of casualties.
February 20, 2009
Gaza militants fired 10 mortar shells and a Qassam rocket into the western Negev on Friday
February 21, 2009
A rocket struck Ashkelon
February 22, 2009
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday fired two mortar rounds at Israel Defense Forces soldiers near the border, Israel Radio reported. Earlier a Qassam rocket hit the western Negev. There were no casualties or damages reported in either incident.
February 23, 2009
Two Qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into the western Negev. One in the morning landed near Sderot and one in the afternoon landed near a kibbutz. Also, "Israeli forces crossed into Gaza and exchanged fire with two Palestinians who were planting explosives near the fence between Israel and Gaza. ... The Islamic Jihad said on its Web site that the attack was planned to kidnap soldiers."
February 25, 2009
Two Qassam rockets struck the Sha'ar Hanegev region in the western Negev on Wednesday. There were no reports of casualties in either incident. As a response, Israel Air Force bombed smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border. There were secondary explosions, showing they contained weapons material.
February 26, 2009
Three Qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. One of the rockets damaged two houses in Sderot early in the morning and the other "landed near an industrial zone .... A woman and her son were treated for shock." "In the evening," a rocket "struck an open field in the Eshkol Region."
February 27, 2009
Two Qassam rockets were fired from Gaza. One struck the western Negev while the other hit the Sdot Hanegev area. No casualties or damage were reported in the incidents.
February 28, 2009
Ten rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Six rockets targeted Gaza-area communities, two hit Ashkelon, one landed in the Eshkol district and one near the Sdot Negev area. There were no casualties or property damage, with the exception of one rocket that struck an empty schoolyard in Ashkelon. The school itself was severely damaged, with shrapnel hitting some of the classrooms (including areas the Defense Ministry had defined as safe). Several people were treated for shock by paramedics who arrived at the scene. Following the attack, Deputy Mayor Cohen of Ashqelon met with the commander of the Home Front Command Southern District. They decided the school would be closed on the 1st of March, while its students would be sent to an alternative venue. All other schools in the city will function as usual.