Qassam Fired From Gaza Hits Sderot, Damages Cars

Police kill senior Jihad commander in W. Bank raid; officer seriously injured in exchange of fire near Jenin.

A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza hit an Israeli town late Tuesday, causing some damage, Israel Defense Forces said.

The rocket hit a street in Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza fence, and damaged some cars. An Israeli was slightly injured when he touched a piece of the rocket just after it exploded, the military said.

Army Radio reported that Palestinians fired seven rockets from Gaza on Tuesday. None of the others caused damage.

An Israeli police force killed two Islamic Jihad militants, including one of the group's senior West Bank commander, in an exchange of fire near the town of Jenin on Tuesday.

One police officer sustained serious wounds to the head during the gun battle and was evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

The gun battle erupted after the special police force encircled a house in village of Arrabe where the militants were hiding.

Sources in the Islamic Jihad said that one of the killed militants, Nidal Abu Sadi, was the group's West Bank military commander.

The police operation was part of wider arrest sweep of Islamic Jihad militants across the West Bank.

Defense officials said Abu Saada is believed to be responsible for a suicide bombing in the coastal city of Netanya in December.

Islamic Jihad has carried out a series of suicide bombings over the past year, despite an informal truce with Israel.

Israel Defense Forces troops have arrested dozens of militants in response to the attacks.