A Qassam missile was fired from the Gaza Strip at the Eshkol region Thursday night, exploding harmlessly on open ground. A bus on the regular Bnei Berak-Jerusalem route was hit by rocks lobbed at passing vehicles from Palestinian villages overlooking the 443 highway north of Jerusalem. A baby was slightly hurt. Early Friday, a large Israeli force on a counter-terror operation in the casbah of the West Bank town of Nablus was attacked with improvised hand grenades and large rocks. One of the soldiers was injured and taken to hospital.