Palestinians fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF tank on the southern Gaza border Sunday morning, following over 120 rockets and mortar shells fired into Israel over the weekend. No injuries were reported in the latest attack.
Earlier in the morning, three mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip and exploded in fields belonging to a Eshkol Regional Council kibbutz. No injuries were reported but electrical cables were damaged, causing a power outage that affected communities in the area.
Rockets fired from Gaza bombard Ashkelon, w. Negev
Hamas: We'll broaden attacks if IDF strikes continue
Over 120 rockets and mortar shells slammed into Israel over the weekend as the
IDF hammered the Gaza Strip and threatened to open a large ground offensive to
stop the rocket attacks.
Five Israelis were reportedly wounded when
scrambling to enter bomb shelters as rockets were being fired.
Throughout Saturday, a number of messages were relayed to Israel
by various mediators with
an offer of a cease-fire from Hamas’s political echelon in the Gaza
Defense officials said Hamas appeared to be split and that while
its Izzadin Kassam military wing, led by Ahmed Jabari, was continuing to attack
Israel, this was being done against the position of the political echelon led by
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
The round of violence began on
Thursday when Gazans fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus, critically
wounding a 16- year-old boy and lightly injuring the driver. Hamas rocket and
mortar attacks continued throughout Friday and Saturday in Beersheba, Ashkelon,
Ashdod, Ofakim, Sderot and other Gaza-belt communities.
Defense officials said more than 20 Hamas
operatives were killed over the weekend and that dozens of others were wounded
by a series of air strikes against Hamas positions, bases and launch
The IAF carried out at least 46 strikes in Gaza.
been hit hard and we will continue to strike at them as long as the rocket and
terrorist attacks continue,” a senior defense official said on Saturday