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Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Sha'ar HaNegev
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Over 120 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza Strip
Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Jerusalem mountains; rocket shrapnel causes damage to property in Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon, Sderot, Eshkol.

After three Israeli Arabs were wounded at the Erez border crossing in a rocket attack, Palestinian terrorists continued pounding southern Israel with rockets well into Sunday night.



Some 126 rockets were fired on Sunday since midnight from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory.


In a heavy barrage around midnight, four rockets were intercepted over Kiryat Malachi. Earlier Sunday night, the rocket alert siren was sounded in the area surrounding Jerusalem. One rocket was intercepted over the Jerusalem mountains. Two other rockets were intercepted over Ashkelon, while three hit open areas.


In the evening hours, rocket shrapnel hit two houses in Ashkelon and in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on Sunday evening, while two rockets were intercepted over Ashkelon. No one was hurt, but damage was caused to property. 11 rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council, one of them hitting near the border fence, one inside one of the communities and the rest in open areas. Three rockets exploded in open areas in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, while one hit an open area in the Ramat Negev Regional Council. Two more rockets hit open areas in Sdot Negev.


Rocket shrapnel hits house in Ashkelon (Photo: Aviel Magnezi)
Rocket shrapnel hits house in Ashkelon (Photo: Aviel Magnezi)


One rocket was intercepted over Sderot on Sunday afternoon, with shrapnel hitting a road in between houses, causing damage to vehicles and structures. One woman suffered from shock. Three rockets were shot down over Sha'ar HaNegev, while two others fell outside communities in the regional council. Seven rockets hit the Eshkol Regional Council, two of which hit a cowshed, killing several cows. Five rockets hit Sdot Negev, while 1 hit an open area in Hof Ashkelon.


Damage caused to car from rocket shrapnel in Sderot.
Damage caused to car from rocket shrapnel in Sderot.


Roughly an hour and a half after the mortar attack on the Erez crossing, a rocket was intercepted over Ashkelon in the early afternoon hours, while another fell in Eshkol and one exploded inside a Sdot Negev Regional Council community. Shortly afterwards another rocket was intercepted over Hof Ashkelon. Two other rockets hit outside a Sdot Negev Regional Council.


Additional rockets were then intercepted over Ashdod and Be'er Tuvia while another caused damage to a structure in Eshkol.


At around noon a rocket exploded in open area in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, while at least eight hit open areas in Sha'ar HaNegev in less than half an hour. Two more rockets were intercepted over Be'er Tuvia, not far from Ashdod, while Eshkol was hit by three more.


Rocket hits Eshkol (Photo: Sivan Saporta)
Rocket hits Eshkol (Photo: Sivan Saporta)

The Eshkol Regional Council came under heavy fire in the early morning hours, with three rockets hitting a community, causing light damage to a house, a greenhouse and some cars. Later rockets were intercepted over Ashdod and Sderot, while more rockets fell in Eshkol.


Photo: Ido Erez
Photo: Ido Erez


Three other rockets exploded inside the council's territory. A power line sustained damage. Two other rockets exploded in open areas and six fell near a community. Sdot Negev was also targeted in an earlier salvo, with four rockets exploding in open areas.


North under fire

On Saturday night, as many as five rockets fired from Syria exploded in the northern Golan Heights, with three falling next to a community. Earlier Saturday night, a rocket fired from Lebanon hit an empty house in the Western Galilee.


The IDF said they have refrained from responding, and Israel said it will work with UNIFIL - the UN peacekeeping force in the area - instead. However, the IDF said "next time we won't be so restrained."


Rocket hits empty house in Western Galilee


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Rabiya, whose house was hit, said "It is nothing short of a miracle that only damage was caused and that nobody was killed. There were people sitting right were the rocket fell and they were thrown aback, some were injured, but they were lucky."


UNIFIL forces at site of rocket hit (Photo: Ahiya Raved)
UNIFIL forces at site of rocket hit (Photo: Ahiya Raved)


Lebanese army forces found Sunday the rocket launcher from which the rockets were fired. According to Now Lebanon, the Lebanese Armed Forces found two missile platforms used on Saturday night to launch rockets at Israel, citing an official report announced on Sunday.


The two missile platforms were found to the west of south Lebanese border village Ed Dhaira after a search operation, according to army command.


The report added that “investigations in to the circumstances surrounding the incident have been initiated in coordination with the United Nations Interim Forces In Lebanon.”


IDF commanders at scene (Photo: Ahiya Raved)
IDF commanders at scene (Photo: Ahiya Raved)


A Lebanese source said IAF helicopters were seen flying over the area of ​​the border.


Some 100 rockets were fired at Israel on Saturday, with one of the rockets hitting a communal dining hall in Nahal Oz, the very same kibbutz in which 4-year-old Daniel Tregerman was killed from a mortar hit the day before. Damage was caused to the structure, but fortunately there were no injuries. Tregerman was laid to rest Sunday, he is the first child causality for Operation Protective Edge.


Daniel Tregerman
Daniel Tregerman


Earlier Saturday night, two people were lightly wounded from rocket shrapnel in Be'er Sheva on Saturday night after two rockets hit a parking lot and a park in the city, police said.


Rocket hits Be'er Sheva (Photo: Ofier George)
Rocket hits Be'er Sheva (Photo: Ofier George)


The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that the mortar that killed Tregerman was fired from a Palestinian Authority school that provides shelter for refugees in the Gaza Strip, and is close to an UNRWA facility.


Earlier Saturday, security officials stated that the mortar had been fired from within an UNRWA school in Gaza.



First published: 24.08.14, 18:06
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