Smoke trails from rockets being fired in Gaza 311 (R).
(photo credit: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip intensified Saturday
morning in the second day of attacks that followed IDF strikes on the
Strip, responding to a deadly terror attack near Eilat Thursday, in
which eight Israelis were killed and dozens injured.Israel Radio reported at least 35 rockets landing in Israel since Thursday afternoon.
Palestinians working in Israel were injured Saturday morning when
a number of Grad rockets exploded in southern Ashdod. Hours earlier,
wing announced an end to a de facto cease fire in place since the end of
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sirens could be heard throughout the city before the blasts. A
paramedics team that was dispatched to the site of the blast in Ashdod
said it was treating three men in their 20s for injuries
including shrapnel to the neck, chest, and other parts of the body. Two were in serious condition.
Saturday morning, a Grad rocket exploded in an open field north of
Beersheba in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council. Eight people were
hospitalized at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba with light
injuries and suffering from shock.
response teams located two rocket impact zones in the Gaza border area. Two civilians were suffering from shock at one
scene and parked vehicles were damaged. The second impact hit in an open
area. Minutes earlier, a mortar shell exploded in a kibbutz in
the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. One person suffered from shock in
that attack. Shortly thereafter, two rockets exploded in a Sha'ar Hanegev kibbutz. No injuries were reported in that attack.
Also Saturday morning, an explosion was heard in the northern Lacish area. A spokeswoman for the Yoav Michal Regional
Council reported that an air raid siren was heard in her area a few
minutes ago. No injuries or damages are known.
Late Friday night, a Kassam rocket exploded in the Eshkol
Regional Council in an open field, causing no injuries or damage.
The IAF launched
a number of air strikes at the Gaza Strip Friday night in response to
Thursday's terror attack the continuing rocket fire, killing at least
one Palestinian Resistance Committee (PRC) leader and hitting tunnels
used to infiltrate Israel as well as weapons caches.
in the evening, an Iron Dome anti-missile battery successfully
intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Ashkelon.
rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional council Friday night over a
period of several hours. No injuries or damages were reported.