Israel Under Attack: Man killed, 2 women critically wounded in rocket attack at Ashkelon home

A 48-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 who were 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.

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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.

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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 said the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted around 100 out of some 400 launches from Gaza.

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Residents of southern Israel have been instructed to remain near bomb shelters as Code Red sirens blare throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning.

School was canceled in all Gaza border communities, as well as in Beer Sheva, Omer, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi and Gedera.

Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi instructed the municipality Tuesday to prepare to host of 300 families from the Gaza border communities during the upcoming weekend. The families will be received in hotels and in the homes of Eilat’s residents.

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A 19-year-old IDF soldier was seriously injured Monday afternoon 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.

The rockets launched from Gaza hit Israel in several locations, including in Sderot, where several people suffered light injuries from shrapnel, and in Netivot, where a family dog was killed in a direct hit. A total of 9 people were lightly wounded from shrapnel there.

Late on Monday night, the Magen David Adom said overall they treated 53 injured Israelis, of whom two in critical conditions, one moderately injured, 23 injured lightly from glass shrapnel, blast injuries, smoke inhalation and from running to protected areas, and 27 people suffering from stress symptoms.