The Israeli Air Force struck some 70 targets in the Gaza Strip in the past hour, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. Among the targets, the IDF statement said, were underground medium-range rocket launching pads. The most recent blitz of air strikes brought the total number to well over 300.
Palestinians have fired over 275 rockets from Gaza into the South since the IDF launched its operation. Two rockets triggered an air raid siren in Tel Aviv, marking the first time that a real siren was sounded in Tel Aviv since the Gulf War in the early 1990s.
It’s been about 4 years since the Israelis put the whoop-ass on Hamas following a barrage of rockets from Gaza and a string of other Hamas provocations. Much of Gaza’s infrastructure was smashed, hundreds of Hamas fighters were killed and it took Hamas 4 years to rebuild. Now they’re back to firing rockets at the Israelis. The IDF needs to put at least a six year hurtin’ on them. Re-building all of that busted stuff (roads, power plants, etc…) should keep the Hamassholes busy for a few years.
Three Israeli civilians were killed and two seriously injured when rockets hit two buildings in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi early Thursday morning. Yediot Ahronot reported that two infants and a four-year-old boy are among the injured and have been hospitalised. Over 115 rockets have been fired into Israel since Israel’s ‘Pillar of Defence’ military operation began with the targeted assassination of senior Hamas leader, Ahmed al-Jabari on Wednesday afternoon. Four Grad rockets reached the Beersheva area. Barrages have also hit the towns of Gan Yavne, Ofakim and the city of Ashkelon, causing damage but no injuries, with the city of Ashdod also targeted. In each case residents receive a few seconds warning with air raid sirens to take shelter before the rockets hit.
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