Beersheba residents take shelter in a stairwell 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem / The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas fired its most intense rocket salvos yet on southern Israel on Sunday, as
it and other terrorist factions launched 120 rockets into Israel during the day,
including two Fajr-5 missiles at Tel Aviv on Sunday evening.
intercepted over the Dan region.
The IAF struck over 120 targets in Gaza,
and targeted senior operational Hamas terrorists orchestrating attacks on
Palestinian sources reported a wave of IAF strikes
on targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday night. According to the unconfirmed
reports, missiles were fired near the home in central Gaza of Hamas senior
operative Marwan Issa, who has been named as the successor to military head
Ahmad Jabari, killed in an air force strike on Wednesday.
The city was
also targeted on Sunday morning, triggering the Iron Dome battery. A piece of
shrapnel from a destroyed enemy projectile set a car in Holon on fire. The
driver, an older man, tried to put out the fire, then removed items from the
trunk before escaping as the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
rockets exploded during the course of the day in southern Israel, with Ashdod
coming under its heaviest barrage yet by seven Grad rockets. Six were
intercepted and one smashed into a residential building, wounding two residents
lightly. The Iron Dome intercepted 38 rockets heading for built-up areas on
Soon after the Ashdod grad salvo on Sunday afternoon, the IDF
targeted the home of the head of Hamas’s rocket program, Yahiya
Army sources said Abiya was directly responsible for the majority
of the rockets that have been fired at Israel.
It was unclear whether
Abiya was hurt.
Palestinian medical sources said 11 people died in the
bombing of the three-story building.
The Ma’an News Agency reported that
the number of Palestinian dead since the current round of violence began last
Wednesday afternoon rose to at least 72 on Sunday, with hundreds
Ashkelon came under heavy rocket attack on Sunday morning, with
four rockets scoring direct hits. Terrified residents sought cover as rockets
hit apartment buildings.
Two people were lightly wounded.
Palestinian rocket seriously injured a man in the Sha’ar Hanegev region.
Paramedics rushed him to the hospital.
Five civilians traveling in a
vehicle in Ofakim were injured – one seriously – by shrapnel from a
On Sunday night, after a few hours of relative calm, the Code Red
siren sounded once more in Ashdod, Hof Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and other cities
in the South.
“Today’s rocket salvos were especially intense, hitting
specific cities with five or 10 rockets at a time,” police spokesman Micky
He added that in light of the heightened intensity of the
salvos, it is especially important that people take cover immediately when the
rocket warning siren sounds, and stay put until several seconds after the alarm
Magen David Adom said its paramedics treated 40 wounded people
on Sunday, including seven people hurt by shrapnel.
MDA also treated 31
people suffering from shock, including six in Tel Aviv following rocket fire
toward the city.
“Rocket attacks on Israel continue, but their ability to
launch rockets is decreasing,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen.
“Hamas is using the Palestinian population as a human shield. We
have released footage of rocket fire from a mosque courtyard, prayer houses,
public places and homes,” Mordechai added.
“Many of their rockets are
falling inside the Gaza Strip.”
The IDF has hit more than 1,200 terrorist
targets in Gaza since the beginning of the operation.
The army has
completed preparations for a ground offensive, as it masses growing forces at
the border with Gaza.
Training for such an offensive is
complete.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
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