Grad rocket in Beersheba 311.
(photo credit: Yasser Okbi/Israel Post)
A Grad rocket launched from the northern Gaza Strip exploded south of Ashdod on Tuesday night. There were no reports of injuries or damage to property.
An air raid siren was heard throughout Ashdod. Security forces were attempting to locate the rocket.
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At least nine Palestinians, including four civilians, were killed on Tuesday in separate
IDF attacks against targets in the Gaza Strip, marking the bloodiest day in a
week of escalating violence in the South.
On Tuesday evening, the IDF
spotted a terror cell in the midst of preparing to launch a long-range rocket
The IDF attacked the cell, killing four known terrorists who
military sources said were behind the Grad-model Katyusha attack on Beersheba
In the afternoon, IDF troops shot mortars into Gaza and
accidentally hit innocent civilians in the northern town of Sajaya. The troops
fired the mortars after they came under mortar fire from a terror cell that was spotted in
a field near the town.
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Palestinians reported that four people – aged 58,
12, 16 and 17 – were killed in the strike.
The IDF said that the Southern
Command was investigating the incident, but stressed that Hamas was responsible
for choosing to operate from within populated areas.
Tuesday night, an official IDF spokesperson announcement said that IDF
aircraft fired on a terrorist in the northern Gaza Strip. The statement
said the terrorist was planning to send rockets in the direction of
A short time
earlier, four Kassam rockets exploded in open fields in the Sha’ar Hanegev
region. No injuries or damages were reported.
Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu issued a statement Tuesday night “expressing regret” at the loss of
innocent life in Gaza, saying it was accidental.
According to the
statement, Netanyahu stressed that the IDF mortar-firing had been a reaction to
Hamas shelling of Israeli civilians.
“It is unfortunate that Hamas
continues to rain down dozens of rockets on Israeli civilians intentionally,
while using [their own] civilians as human shields. Israel has no
intention of bringing about a deterioration of the situation, but at the same
time, the IDF will continue to act decisively to protect Israeli citizens,” the
Hamas said in a statement that it would respond strongly
to Israel’s actions.
Tuesday morning, the IDF thwarted an attack after a tank crew spotted a group of
terrorists preparing to fire an anti-tank missile. The tank opened fire and hit
According to the Palestinians, 19 people were wounded,
including four terrorists, in an air strike the IAF carried out on Monday
Hamas and several other Palestinian groups threatened on Tuesday
to avenge the deaths of the Palestinians killed by IDF gunfire in the Gaza
Strip, while the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank strongly condemned
Hamas’s renewed threat came only a day after the movement said it
was interested in preserving the unofficial cease-fire with
Jerusalem Post Staff and Reuters contributed to the report.
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