Three rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel for a second night in a row on Saturday night hours after Israel Air Force jets struck several targets in the Strip on Friday night.
Incoming rocket sirens on Saturday sounded in Sderot and several communities in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council at 9 p.m. The military said that two of the three projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
The city of Sderot and Israel Police said that shrapnel from the third Qassam rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the yard of a home in Sderot. A 30-year-old woman was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics after she fainted at a bus stop during the barrage.
Overnight on Friday, fighter jets and other aircraft struck two underground terrorist infrastructures belonging to Hamas in northern and central Gaza following the launching of rockets toward southern Israel, the military said.
“The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire launched from the Gaza Strip earlier this night,” read a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, adding that “the IDF will continue to work against attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for everything that is done in and that comes out of the Gaza Strip.”
Approximately 70,000 Israelis reside in more than 50 communities in the Gaza border area. There has been a marked increase of people moving to the area over the past five years following Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
However, over the past year, there have been 10 rounds of violent conflict with the last round of violence in early May seeing more than 700 rockets fired toward southern Israel, killing five civilians.
Message from Friends of Chabad Sderot:
Please join in helping our brethren in Sderot, the people who are on the front lines being bombarded with the Rockets.
Think of the little children, think of the babies, think of the mothers and fathers who are simply trying to protect their families, being forced to spend the night in bomb shelters.