'Palestinian' terrorists fire over 60 rockets and mortars in last 24 hours
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least 40 rockets and mortars into Israel since midnight Saturday night, according to the Southern District Police, injuring three civilians. The barrage continued a serious escalation that began Saturday evening and progressed through the night, with two IAF air strikes targeting a weapons manufacturing site, two weapons storage facilities and two rocket launching sites in the northern part of the territory.
Municipalities near the southern border canceled school on Sunday amid the ongoing rocket fire.
The fresh launches bring the total number of rocket and mortar attacks to over 60, though Islamic Jihad claimed credit for firing 70 rockets, some of which may have not landed in Israeli territory. Hamas announced that it was also taking part in the rocket attacks, Israel Radio reported.
The three wounded Israelis suffered light to moderate injuries from shrapnel, and were evacuated to the Soroka and Barzilai hospitals. Damage was also done to a factory, a vehicle and an electrical post.
Top Israeli officials commented on the escalation Sunday morning, promising increased IDF activity to protect Israeli citizens. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned that Israel will escalate its responses to the rocket attacks, while Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Army Radio that Israel must ensure freedom of operations for the IDF.
Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported two members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization were killed and seven Palestinians were injured in the bombings overnight. A total of 6 Palestinians have been killed since the fighting began over the weekend.Read the whole thing.
The IDF is going to have to respond to this. There is simply no choice.