IAF A-4, F-16 jets at Hatzerim_370.
(photo credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen)
The Israeli Air Force carried out six strikes in the Gaza Strip
overnight Sunday as 11 rockets were fired from the coastal enclave
toward communities in southern Israel.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad
said that two armed terrorists belonging to the organization were
killed in the IAF strikes, bringing the total number of Palestinians
killed since hostilities began Friday to 20. More than 160 rockets have been fire toward southern Israel from Gaza in the same period.
Grad rockets were fired at Beersheba overnight Sunday, one of which was
intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system. The second rocket
exploded in an open space outside the city, causing no damage or
injuries. Seven additional rockets were fired toward the Eshkol Regional
Council. No injuries were reported in the attacks, but some damage was
caused to a building when a rocket exploded near a kindergarten.
Home Front Command, along with the heads of a number of local
authorities in southern Israel, decided Sunday night to cancel school in
all towns and cities located between 7 km to 40 km from the Gaza Strip
for the second straight day. The decision applied to the cities of
Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba, Netivot, Sderot, Kiryat Malachi, Gadera,
Rahat, Yavneh, Lakiyeh, and the Gan Yavneh Regional Council.
IAF strikes carried out early Monday morning targeted a weapons-storage
site and four rocket-launch sites in the northern Gaza Strip and one
rocket-launch site in the southern Gaza strip. The IDF confirmed hits on
its targets, and stated that the attack was a response to rocket fire.
Jihad said that one man was hit while launching a rocket at Israel from
a location in southern Gaza. Another was killed and three others
wounded when their motorized rickshaw was hit, the group said.
Gaza hospital sources said 25 civilians were hurt when an Israeli rocket hit a house in northern Gaza.
latest round of violence flared on Friday when an air strike killed
Palestinian terror leaders in Gaza accused by Israel of planning a
cross-border attack via Egypt. A salvo of rockets followed, leaving six
people wounded in Israel.
Over 40 of some 160 militant rockets
estimated to have been fired since Friday were intercepted and destroyed
by the Iron Dome rocket defense system.Yaakov Lappin and Reuters contributed to this report.
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