Rocket attacks from Gaza continued unabated over Shabbos Kodesh, with multiple areas of southern and central Israel coming under fire. At least two people were wounded in the strikes today, a day after an 80-year-old woman was pulled from the wreckage of her home in Be’er Sheva.
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 605 rockets fell inside Israel (84 on Shabbos). and 143 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system (at least 6 on Shabbos).
After 9pm, 10 rockets were fired at central Israel in two volleys. Rocket alert sirens were sounded in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Petach Tikva, Herzliya, Rechovot, Yavne, Nes Tziona, Lod, Ramle, among others.
Al Jazeera reported six J-80 missiles were fired at Tel Aviv. The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over the Tel Aviv area. Two others fell in open areas near Rishon LeZion. Shrapnel was found in Ramat Efal and Ramat Gan. No damage was caused. Magen David Adom paramedics treated several citizens suffering from shock.
Police had to disperse some 100 people who gathered at an Iron Dome battery site in central Israel.
Code Red was also sounded in Ashdod. A rocket exploded on Highway 3, between Kiryat Malachi and Ashkelon. No one was hurt. A fire broke out in a moshav in the Be’er Tuviya Regional Council from a rocket shrapnel that exploded there.
At around 8:45pm, the Code Red rocket alert siren was sounded in Ashdod and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. A rocket was intercepted over Ashdod.
At around 7pm, rocket alert sirens were sounded in Yerushalayim, Beit Shemesh and the Dead Sea area, as well as in various communities near the Gaza border. Bais Lechem and Chevron were hit by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on tonight.
At 6:07pm, rocket alert sirens were sounded in Rishon Lezion, Ashdod, Nes Ziona, Yavne, Rechovot, Ramle, Lod, Gan Yavne and others. A total of 9 rockets were fired at the Ashdod and Shfela area. The Iron Dome intercepted at least two rockets over Ashdod, and shrapnel fell in one of the streets in the city. Several rockets fell in open areas.
The Code Red rocket alert siren was sounded at around 3:30pm in Sderot and in the Eshkol and Hof Ashkelon regional councils. A rocket exploded in an open area in Be’er Sheva and three other rockets fell in open areas in the Merhavim Regional Council.
At around 2pm, a rocket struck the road leading to a house in the southern community of Netivot. Two teenagers were treated for minor injuries – a 16-year-old boy with a head wound and a 19-year-old girl. Both had been running for cover when the rocket struck. The two were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for treatment. The rocket caused damage to the home, a car and the road.
Shortly after 1:30pm, Code Red rocket alert sirens were sounded in Be’er Sheva, Dimona and Yeruham. Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire, saying they launched three rockets at Dimona. The organization also claimed to have fired three rockets at an IDF base in Ofakim. At least one rocket fell in an open area outside of Be’er Sheva.
At around noon, Code Red alerts sounded in Ashdod, Ashkelon, the Eshkol Regional Council and Kiryat Gat in the south, and Nes Tziona Yavne and Rechovot in the center. Iron Dome is believed to have intercepted at least two rockets over central Israel.
Approximately an hour later, more rockets were fired at Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Netivot, all in the south. There were reports of a strike in Netivot, but there were no injuries or damage caused. In Sdot Negev, greenhouses sustained light damage, but there were no injuries.
YNET NEWS, AFP, ISRAEL NOW NEWS