Tensions rise in southern Israel: Additional Iron Dome batteries deployed
The IDF deployed additional Iron Dome missile defense batteries in the cities of Ashkelon and Beer Sheva in southern Israel, as preparation for a possible escalation. Terror groups in Gaza threaten expanded rocket attacks tonight and heavy IDF drone activity is reported over Gaza.
The security cabinet will convene tomorrow to discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza.
Muslim terrorists fired three barrages of rockets at Israeli civilians late on Friday. The IDF responded with a wave of pre-dawn airstrikes in Gaza targeting Hamas terror infrastructure, eliminating one Muslim terrorist and wounding two others.
Gaza health officials identified the eliminated terrorist as 27-year-old Ahmed Mohammed al-Shahri, a member of the Fatah terror group. He was among three terrorists wounded in an airstrike on a terrorist training camp in Khan Yunis, and that he had died in hospital.
Thousands of terror-fans poured into the streets of Khan Yunis Saturday afternoon for the funeral of the Fatah terrorist.
At least 20 rockets were launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza at civilians in southern Israel. Ten of the rockets reached Israeli territory. Eight of those rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
One of the rockets struck the city of Sderot in southern Israel. An Israeli family obeyed instructions and were in shelters when the rocket hit their house. There was damage but no one was hurt.
None of the armed terrorist groups in Gaza claimed responsibility for firing the rockets.
Hamas armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, whose sole mission is to murder Jews, issued a statement threatening to respond to the elimination of its Muslim terrorist. “Israel will bear the consequences of its actions,” they said.