Two Israeli women were lightly wounded last night when two Qassam rockets were fired at a northern Gaza Strip settlement in the Katif Bloc. One of the rockets exploded while the other did not.

The women were taken to Be'er Sheva's Soroka Medical Center for treatment.

The attack came several hours after Israel Defense Forces troops destroyed the home of a Hamas militant involved in launching Qassams at Israel.

A 6-year-old girl was lightly hurt Friday morning in a Qassam rocket attack on Sderot. Four other civilians were treated for shock, after two rockets crashed into the center of town and another four landed just outside of it.

The Qassam rockets were fired by Hamas activists from the Gaza Strip in response to Israel's assassination on Thursday of Iyad Beik, a senior member of the organization's military wing.

"They manage to surprise us only with regard to the times of the launches," said Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal. "From the moment there is some type of action or `elimination' on the part of the Israel Defense Forces, it is clear to us that within 24 hours, the rockets will fall ... The firing of six rockets shows they have the ability, despite the pressure from the IDF."

After the rocket attack, the IDF conducted operations yesterday in the northern Gaza Strip. Infantry, armored and engineering corps forces entered Beit Hanun, deemed the launch center for the rockets, and demolished the home of senior Hamas activist Hussam Zweiri, a member of a cell that fired rockets into Israel.

Elsewhere, a 3-year-old Israeli girl was light injured Friday in a stone-throwing incident in the Beit Hadassah neighborhood of Hebron.

A number of mortars were fired yesterday at settlements in the Katif Bloc, causing no injuries; while shooting incidents, again with no Israeli injuries, took place in Ramallah, the Katif Bloc, Kfar Darom and Rafah.

In arrest operations in the West Bank at the weekend, the IDF rounded up Palestinians in Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.

Ramallah was also the scene of the arrest by Duvdevan soldiers of Abed al-Rahim Hamed, a Tanzim activist wanted for his involvement in the lynching of two IDF reservists in the city in October 2000 and a number of shooting incidents.