US Ambassador Shapiro condemns 'outrageous' rocket fire

US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro on Thursday condemned this week's "outrageous" barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.
In a posting on his Facebook page, Shapiro said that the US "support[s] Israel's right to defend itself" against attacks emanating from the Hamas-ruled Strip and conveyed that the US' "thoughts are with the residents of the South."
Eighty rockets and mortar shells hit the western Negev on Wednesday, one of the most severe rocket barrages on southern Israel in recent years.