Over 174 Rockets Fired at Israel From Gaza, Four Wounded, IDF Responds

“My God, in You I trust; may I not be disappointed, may my enemies not exult over me.” Psalms 25:2 (The Israel Bible™)

Overnight on Friday, 30 rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza and an additional 140 on Saturday. On Saturday evening, several landed in the city of Sderot. One rocket hit a home and another hit a synagogue, injuring three Israelis. The IDF reported that the Iron Dome system succeeded in intercepting at least 20 projectiles.

A rocket landed near a house in Sderot, injuring four members of a family. The father of the family, 52, suffered injuries to his forehead and legs, the mother, 45, suffered injuries to her legs, a 15-year-old girl suffered injuries to her face, head and legs, and a 14-year-old girl suffered injuries to her face, legs and back of the head.

The IDF responded by hitting approximately 4o Hamas military targets in the most extensive daytime assault since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.  the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza reported that two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, were killed in an IDF strike Saturday on a structure which the Israeli army said was situated over an attack tunnel in Gaza. The IDF stated that residents had been warned well-before the attack.

“IDF fighter planes attacked a high-rise building in the Shatti refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, which served as a training facility for the Hamas terrorist organization,” the IDF said a statement. “An attack tunnel was dug under the building, which was used for underground fighting training. This tunnel is part of a network of underground tunnels dug by the Hamas terrorist organization throughout the Gaza Strip.”

In addition to the rockets and mortars, an IDF officer was moderately wounded when a rioter threw a hand grenade at him while taking part in the Hamas-led March of Return protests. A 15-year-old Gazan was shot and killed by IDF snipers while climbing over the fence into Israel.

“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for the events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the IDF said, adding that “the IDF views Hamas’ terror activity with great severity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”

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