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01/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gazans Fire 11 Rockets Into Israel, 48 Hours Before Truce Ends

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired eleven Qassam rockets at the western Negev. The barrage came just days before a six-month-old truce with factions in the coastal territory was due to expire.

Two of the rockets exploded near Ashkelon. Two people were treated at the nearby Barzilai Medical Center for damage to their hearing following the strike.

A second rocket hit an open field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, another struck just south of Ashkelon, and the rest struck fields in the Eshkol area. There were no damages or injuries reported in any of the incidents.

On Tuesday, militants fired 11 rockets and a mortar shell at the western Negev. One of the rockets exploded in a soccer field next to Sapir College in Sderot. There were no injuries, but several people were treated for shock.

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