The Iron Dome active missile defense system has intercepted over 25 Grad rockets - which were fired at the cities of Be’er Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon, together home to over 520,000 people.
Said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder & president of The Israel Project:
“Today is a terrible day for Israel and for the Palestinians. As more than 80 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel, there is horrific and needless bloodshed yet again. In 2005 Israel gave up Gaza with hopes of peace. Thousands of Israeli citizens moved from Gaza so that the Palestinians could have a better future. But Iran-backed Hamas took control of Gaza.
Since then thousands of rockets have been fired by terrorists from Gaza. These rockets are aimed intentionally at Israeli civilians – even a school bus was targeted in the past. This weekend eight Israelis have been wounded. Thankfully, new technology with “Iron Dome” is saving lives in Israel. But yet again Israel has been forced into a defensive position where they must take pre-emptive action to avoid the loss of civilian lives.
Imagine, this is what happens when Iran does not have nuclear weapons to share with their proxies Hamas and Hezbollah. Given their proven system of arming, funding and training terrorists, how much worse would this be if Iran had nuclear weapons? The world must condemn the rockets now and must work even harder on sanctions to help stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, the Palestinians must end the terror and come to the table to create a real peace and better future for both sides.”
Summary of Tonight’s Events
Archive: Densely populated areas are the targets of the rockets
Over the past 24 hours, over 45 rockets have hit communities in southern Israel - injuring four people, one severely, one moderately and two lightly.
The Iron Dome active missile defense system has intercepted over 10 Grad rockets - which were fired at the cities of Be’er Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon, together home to over 520,000 people.
Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted two weapon manufacturing facilities and two rocket launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip, a weapon manufacturing facility in the central Gaza Strip and a terror activity site in the southern Gaza Strip.
In addition, IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist in the central Gaza Strip and six additional terrorist squads who were in the final stages of preparing to fire rockets at Israel from separate locations in the northern and the central Gaza Strip. Direct hits were identified.
The targeting is in direct response to the rocket fire at Israeli communities in southern Israel.
Israel Under Fire: Damage caused by rockets fired from Gaza (credit: megapixel.com)
The IDF is prepared to defend the residents of Israel and will respond with strength and determination against any attempt to execute terrorist attacks. Hamas uses other terror organizations to carry out terror attacks against the State of Israel and will bear the consequences of these actions in any future operation embarked upon by the IDF in order to eliminate the terror threat and restore the relative calm to the area.
Archive: Firemen extinguishing fire caused by a Grad rocket.