BY AVI ISSACHAROFF, HAARETZ—
The rocket attacks on southern Israel continued Saturday in areas near Be’er Sheva and in the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.
One person was lightly wounded by a rocket that landed in an open area near Be’er Sheva, while seven others received medical attention either for sustaining wounds while seeking shelter, or for shock.
A short time later, a mortar fell in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council causing damage to a building. Several people were treated for shock.
Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council was subject to yet another attack when four more mortars exploded in the area. No damage was reported.
Two rockets also fell in the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council, and another near the city of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported.
Two rockets exploded in open fields in the Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev regions later on Saturday afternoon. No injuries or damage were reported. Two mortars also landed in open fields in the Eshkol region later on Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported.
On Saturday afternoon, IAF aircraft targeted a squad of Palestinian militants in Gaza that had fired mortars at Israel, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.
On Saturday morning, several Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the southern city of Ashdod, critically wounding three people.
Magen David Adom treated the three young men, allegedly illegal Palestinian workers, for shrapnel wounds in their chests and necks.
On Saturday morning, a spokesman for Hamas’ military wing denied a radio report that Hamas had ended its ceasefire with Israel.
The IAF conducted several strikes in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning, which left three dead, including a five-year-old boy, according to Palestinian sources.
At least four Palestinian militants were killed on Friday by two separate air strikes while attempting to launch rockets at Israel. Meanwhile, Israel’s Iron Dome system was able to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel.
Due to rocket fire, the IDF Homefront Command and local municipal authorities have cancelled public events, including concerts and soccer matches, throughout the south.
In response to the ongoing rocket fire, an IDF spokesperson stated that the military will not tolerate any attempt at harming Israeli civilians or soldiers, and will continue to “act with determination and strength against any source of terror.” The spokesperson also claimed that Hamas must be “held responsible” for the ongoing attacks.
On Friday, one day after coordinated terror attacks killed eight in southern Israel, 30 Grad and Qassam rockets were fired throughout southern Israel.
Most of the rockets fell in open areas and did not cause damage or injuries, but one of the missiles hit a building in an Ashdod industrial park, wounding six people, one of them seriously.