Israel Files Complaint to UN Over Rocket Attacks From Gaza

Israel's ambassador to the UN calls on international community to send a 'clear and resolute' message that rocket attacks are unacceptable; teenage girl was wounded by Qassam on Tuesday in Ashkelon area.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Meron Reuben has submitted a complaint to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the UN Security Council over Tuesday's Qassam rocket attack in which a teenage girl was lightly wounded in the Ashkelon area, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

Reuben said that Israel held the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip responsible for the rocket fire and he called on the international community to send a "clear and resolute" message that such rocket attacks were unacceptable.

Qassam Hof Ashkelon- Dec 21, 2010 Eliyahu Hershkovitz
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

On Tuesday morning, a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open field near a kindergarten in the Ashkelon area and a teenage girl was lightly wounded in a nearby building.

Some 13 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel over the last several days.

Responsibility for Tuesday's rocket attack on the Ashkelon area was claimed by a group calling itself the Army of Islam, which has the same "global jihad" ideology as the Al- Qaida movement. It said it was responding "to the massacres committed by the Zionist enemy."

The Israel Air Force responded to the rocket attack with an airstrike later on Tuesday on a Hamas 'terror center' in the Gaza Strip.

According to the IDF spokesman's office, over 200 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar shells have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory this year.