Monday, November 12, 2012

Palestinian terrorists fire 15 rockets into Israel's south; 4 hurt; over 100 rockets fired into civilian areas in 3 days; Israel hits back

(JPost) Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip fired 15 rockets and mortars into southern Israel since midnight Sunday, injuring four and causing 42 to suffer shock. The attacks shattered a unilaterally-declared cease-fire by the Islamic Jihad group overnight, as IAF airstrikes also targeted Gazan terrorist facilities.

The Palestinian attacks mark the third straight day of escalations. Over the weekend, terrorists fired some 100 rockets into the South, leaving three people injured in Sderot.

The Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted two rockets near Ashkelon. One Grad rocket hit an abandoned residential home in Netivot, causing significant damage to the building. Another, later in the day, caused damage in Netivot's industrial area.

The Israeli Air Force struck three targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday. The warplanes targeted a tunnel used for terrorist purposes and a weapons storage facility in the northern Gaza Strip, and a rocket-launching site in the south of the Strip, the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement. The airstrikes, the IDF said, were in response to the rocket and mortar fire into Israel.