Israel cannot remain silent in the face of continued rocket fire from
the Gaza Strip, Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i said
Vilnai visited the afflicted areas of Sderot
and Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, as rockets continued to rain down
in the region leaving one man moderately-to-severely injured Saturday
morning in the Sderot area. Two other residents
suffered shock in the Palestinian attack, and a factory sustained some
The injured man, approximately 50 years old, was rushed
to Barzilai Medical Center after being struck by shrapnel in the neck
and stomach. He was fully conscious.
The minister also paid a visit to the IDF's Gaza
Division for an operational review of recent events. "We hold Hamas
fully responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Belt," Vilani
said during the visit. "Israel is working, and will continue to work
with a heavy hand against those terrorists that want to escalate the
situation in the region."
The minister stressed that, "the
state attaches great importance to protecting the cities that lay within
a radius of 4.5 to 7 km. of the Gaza Strip."
over twenty rockets from Gaza into southern Israel since midnight on
police said. Fifteen of those landed in the Lachish region, and five in
the Negev. One rocket hit and damaged a school in Sderot. No injuries were reported. The Iron Dome
rocket defense system intercepted five of the rockets. 11
rockets were fired toward the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council,
Channel 10 reported.
the IDF denied a Palestinian reports that an IAF strike on Gaza had
killed a four-year-old-boy and wounded seven others on Saturday. Quoting
Gazan Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra, Palestinians news agency Ma'an reported that
Israeli fire killed the boy in the Abasan neighborhood east of Khan
Younis. The IDF denied any connection to the incident and stated that the IAF had not carried out any further strikes since the early morning.
light of the recent wave of rockets,
the IDF instructed residents in the area to stay within 15 seconds of protected
spaces. In a conversation with Army Radio, Sderot Mayor David Buskila
called on the government to return quiet to the region.
The violence all but erases diplomatic progress made in the form of an informal ceasefire brokered by Egypt on June 20, which brought two days of relative quiet to southern Israel.
Saturday morning, the Israel Air Force struck three Palestinian terror
bases in the Gaza Strip in response to continued Palestinians rocket
firing into Israel. Palestinian media reported that between 17 and 21
people were wounded in the strike - the third of its kind since Friday,
which according to the reports have also resulted in the death of at
least one terrorist.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report
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