The Iron Dome system intercepted a barrage of rockets that was fired last night at the city of Ashkelon. Earlier this week, rockets were fired towards the Bnei-Shimon regional council; this morning, the IAF attacked weapons-manufacturing sites in the Gaza Strip in response.
The red alert sirens blared at around 1:00AM last night, bringing an end to a tranquil night for the residents of the city of Ashkelon. The sound of intense explosions was heard, which was reported to be the sound of interception on the part of the Iron Dome system, which intercepted a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip towards the city. No injuries or damage were reported. In the morning, using one of its aircrafts, the IAF attacked a rocket launcher cache, a weapons storage site, and a weapons-manufacturing site, and a site of terrorist activity in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits on the intended targets were reported.
Since the beginning of the week, the southern region has been tense, because of the funeral of former Prime Minister, Major General (res.) Ariel Sharon, which was held in Giva’at Hakalniot, which is located within rocket range. On the morning of his funeral, a few minutes after it ended, rockets were fired from the direction of the Gaza Strip and a few of these rockets were even reported to have hit open fields. Consequently, IAF aircrafts attacked terrorist infrastructure in southern Gaza.
The IDF treats any firing towards Israeli territory with the utmost severity and will continue to operate forcefully against anyone engaged in terrorism against the State of Israel. The terrorist organization, Hamas, is the source and will be held responsible.