400 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians in southern Israel – Direct hit in Ashkelon
More than 400 rockets have been fired by Muslim terrorists in Gaza at Israeli civilians in southern Israel, making today’s barrage the largest attack since 2014.
The IDF says dozens of incoming rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.
A 40-year-old man was killed when a rocket launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza hit a residential building in the southern Israeli town Ashkelon Monday night. Two women in the same building are in critical condition.
In addition, a 40-year-old man suffered moderate injuries and nine others were lightly injured.
The fatality is an Arab man from Hevron, a resident of the Palestinian Authority, not an Israeli citizen.
The victim was found by other civilians buried in the rubble after police and firefighters had already left, in what neighbors described as a “terrible failure” to locate him.
Rescue operations at the building had identified a 60-year-old woman, unconscious with blast wounds and multiple injuries, after 40 minutes since the house was hit, but had altogether missed the other casualties. The other victims were spotted by a man who had come to take pictures of damages one hour after the hit.
A rocket directly hit a home in Ashkelon. A woman was lightly wounded and treated for shock.
Police sappers are working to defuse a number of rockets that fell in the southern city of Ashkelon.
During the evening, Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon treated 44 casualties from the Gaza vicinity, who were lightly wounded in the rocket fire.
A 19-year-old IDF soldier was seriously injured after an anti-tank missile from Gaza struck a bus next to him. Doctors are working to stabilize his condition.
“God loves you”, the Israeli-Arab bus driver said while being treated for shock. “I just left 50 soldiers from the bus. A minute later the bus was hit. 60 seconds earlier and you would have had 50 dead soldiers”, he added.
Rockets landed in the city of Sderot Netivot and Ofakim. A rocket also hit a home in Ashkelon causing a fire to break out.
Seven people are lightly injured from a rocket strike in the southern town of Sderot.
Firefighters are working to extinguish a blaze in Sderot that was caused by a gas leak ignited by a rocket from Gaza.
A rocket hit a house in Netivot, killing the family dog.
Residents in southern Israel, including Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beer Sheva were instructed to remain near shelters and protected areas.
As a part of an undercover very complex rescue mission, IDF Special Forces entered 2 miles into Gaza in a civilian vehicle on Sunday evening.
IDF Lieutenant Colonel ‘M’ was killed and another officer was moderately wounded in a fire exchange that erupted between the IDF force conducting the mission and Hamas terrorists late Sunday night.
At least seven Muslim terrorists, including a Hamas leader in the Khan Yunis area, were eliminated. All the eliminated terrorists are part of the Hamas terror group armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Jews.
According to Arab reports, the vehicle was destroyed by the IAF after the troops were extracted from the area.
Lt. Col. M was the most senior soldier killed in Gaza since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said about the lieutenant colonel that “His actions will not be published in the media but he deserves our salute. His actions led to Israel having superiority over its enemies.”