Rockets fired by Islamic Jihad terrorists at civilians in southern Israel and Jerusalem area
BREAKING: After seven hours without rocket attacks, Muslim terrorists from Gaza fired several barrages of rockets Wednesday morning towards southern Israel and the Jerusalem area.
Rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome defense system over Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem.
Code Red rocket sirens sounded in Kerem Shalom, Kfar Maimon, Tushia, Shokeda, Mevo Horon, Harel, Latrun, Neveh Shalom, Taoz, Netivot.
The Home Front Command instructed communities in the south to keep schools closed today and non-essential workers are asked to remain home.
Israel is carrying out retaliatory strikes on Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza following the rocket attacks.
The IDF targeted a group of Islamic Jihad terrorists who were on their way to launch rockets at Israeli civilians. An Islamic Jihad terrorist was eliminated in the strike. He has been identified as Khalid Farag, a senior Islamic Jihad commander.
According to Arab reports, 13 Islamic Jihad terrorists were eliminated and 50 injured in retaliatory strikes since yesterday.
Yesterday, Islamic Jihad terrorists fired more than 200 rockets from Gaza at Israeli civilians. About 100 were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
Rockets launched by Muslim terrorists hit homes in Sderot, Netivot and Kerem Shalom. A factory was directly hit a factory in Sderot, causing a huge fire. A rocket landed near a house in Rishon Lezion in central Israel. Three people were lightly wounded by a rocket near Gan Yavne in central Israel.
An 8-year-old girl collapsed while running for shelter in Holon. She was evacuated to Wolfson hospital in serious condition.
First responders treated 50 people. All of them were lightly wounded by shrapnel, injured on their way to shelters or with trauma symptoms.
The rocket barrages were triggered by the targeted elimination of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Atta in a predawn Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
In response to the rockets, the IDF targeted terror training compounds, underground weapon manufacturing sites, a terror tunnel and weapon storage facilities belonging to the Islamic Jihad terror group.
“The barrage of rockets being fired by Islamic Jihad in Gaza at Israeli civilians after our surgical strike on their commander shows exactly why he was targeted in the first place. Terror targets civilians. We target terror”, the IDF tweeted.