Israel: 100 rockets launched at southern region, cities, IDF retaliation kills 15 terrorists
Southern Israel under heavy fire: Eight people were wounded Friday, one of them seriously, following a rocker salvo at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists.
Meanwhile, the IDF struck several times in the Gaza Strip, killing seven terrorists.
More than 40 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israel’s south throughout the day, prompting the Air Force to mount several strikes on Gaza terror cells. According to the IDF, shortly after midnight, the IAF targeted two terror cells gearing to fire rockets at Israel, killing two terrorists.
Palestinian sources said at least two Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed in the strike, near the Palestinian parliament in central Gaza City.
Iron dome in action
According to Magen David Adom emergency services, three people sustained rocket moderate shrapnel wounds, three others were lightly hurt while running for cover, and two others were involved in a car accident as result of the panic. The injured were rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.
In the early evening hourse, the Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted at least four Grad rockets fired at the southern communities of Ashdod, Gan Yavne and Kiryat Malachi.
The Color Red alert sounded in the Ashdod region immediately after the long-range rockets were fired, prompting residents to rush into bomb shelters and secured rooms. At least one rocket landed in an open area in the city’s vicinity.
Late Friday night, the Color Red alert sounded in Beersheba, southern Israel’s largest city. The Iron Dome system engaged and several explosions were reported in the area. Officials later said several rockets hit the city’s outskirts.
The Air Force targeted several terror cells in Gaza during the evening, killing at least three Islamic Jihad terrorists.
An IDF security assessment prompted the Home Front Command to bar mass gatherings within a 40km radius of the Gaza border, as well as order more public bomb sheltered opened….
The latest round of fighting in the Gaza region began Friday afternoon, after the IDF targeted a vehicle traveling in Gaza City, killing Popular Resistance Committees’ Secretary General Zuhir al-Qaisi and another senior group figure recently freed in the Gilad Shalit swap.
The army said al-Qaisi was in final stages of planning a major terror attack at Israeli targets on the Egypt border.
Updated: More than 100 rockets have hit Israel’s south so far, with 15 Palestinian terrorists reported killed during the IAF retaliation against launch sites.