Israeli Netivot settlement was targeted by Katyusha — official

GAZA, Oct 7 (KUNA) — A missile launched at southern Israel’s Netivot settlement earlier on Sunday was a modified type of Katyusha, said an Israeli Army spokesman.
Speaking to Israel Radio, he added that testing the missile proved it was a modified type of Katyusha, and confirmed that the rocketeers targeted the settlement, located in the Negev Desert, 11 kilometers from Gaza.
While saying that the missile did not cause any casualties, he noted that during the past few years, thousands of Palestinian-made missiles were launched against Israel — including Katyushas fired from Lebanon.
Earlier, the Israeli Army said this was the first time a missile had reached this town, relatively far from Gaza.
Saladin Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, claimed responsibility for launching the missile.
Israel expressed concern over the launching of the Katyusha against Netivot from Gaza.
Speaking to the Israeli radio, officials from Israeli government said previous attempts to launch these missiles against Israel had all failed.
On their part, Israeli military sources noted that mortar shelling was not less dangerous than launching missiles against targets in that area.
On Saturday, a senior Israeli army officer said Hamas had adopted a different policy against Israel, launching mortar shells instead of missiles.