The launching of a Grad rocket on a large city such as Ashkelon constitutes a blatant and provocative violation of international law.
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Office)
Following the Grad Katyusha rocket attack on the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning (30 July) and the firing of mortars on the western Negev, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed its ambassadors to the UN in New York and Geneva to submit urgent protests to the President of the Security Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Israel is submitting these protests because the launching of a Grad rocket on a large city such as Ashkelon – with the clear goal of murdering men, women and children as they prepared for the Jewish Sabbath – constitutes a blatant and provocative violation of international law as well as demonstrating the murderous and barbaric nature of the perpetrators of the attack.
Israel reiterates and reaffirms its unqualified right and obligation to protect its citizens. Israel will respond to the renewed aggression in a manner and time that it believes appropriate.