SHABBOS OF TERROR: Hamas Fires More Than 200 Rockets At Israel Over Shabbos
Following an intense barrage of rocket fire against Israel this past Shabbos that saw more than 200 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, Hamas declared a cease-fire once Israel’s air force (IAF) began to retaliate. Less than two hours passed before that cease-fire was shattered as another round of rockets were fired at Israel just after midnight on Motzei Shabbos.
According to the IDF Spokesperson, some 210 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians and military targets. The rain of rocket fire began at 1:00AM on Shabbos morning and continued in a few rounds of attacks throughout the day causing more than 60 red alert sirens to sound in various cities in Israel. Some 50 rockets and mortars were neutralized by the Iron Dome system, and more than 80 fell in open areas.
As a result of the rocket fire four people, all from one family, were injured after they were hit with shrapnel from a rocket that fell inside the city of Sderot. Volunteers from United Hatzalah and staff from Magen David Adom treated the injured family members who sustained a variety of wounds. One person aged 50 sustained injuries to his head and limbs from shrapnel, a 14-year-old girl sustained shrapnel injuries to her face and feet, another 15-year-old girl sustained injuries to her face, and the mother of the family, aged 45, sustained shrapnel injuries to her legs. The family received initial treatment at the scene and was then transported to Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon. Unite Hatzalah’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Team in Sderot treated numerous people for psychological and emotional anxiety and stress due to the continuous sirens and rocket fire.
Hamas then broke that cease-fire barely an hour after announcing it when another rocket was fired at Israel. Israel’s Ministerial Security Council met to discuss the developments of the day in the south and possible actions to take in wake of the barrage. Sources from within the government have said that they will not commit to a cease-fire unless Hamas also refrain from launching balloon and kite bombs at Israel.
Source: (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)