Tensions Flare as Barrage of Rockets Strikes Southern Israel

Palestinians reported a total of seven people killed by IAF strikes in the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, including two leaders of the Islamic Jihad.

10 rockets, including one mortar, launched from Gaza exploded in southern Israel Thursday afternoon. Four Qassam rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area, and five others exploded near Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. One Grad rocket was launched toward Ashkelon but exploded in an open area. One mortar hit the Erez Crossing on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, causing damage to a structure.

There were no reported casualties or damage in any of the attacks. In response to the barrage, IAF killed two leaders of the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

Policemen examining rockets that struck near Ashdod Saturday. Ilan Asayag

Palestinian sources reported that a total of seven people were killed by IAF strikes in the Gaza Strip on Thursday night. According to Palestinian news site Ma’an, three people who were digging tunnels between Gaza and Egypt went missing after the attacks. 20 Palestinians were injured in the strikes.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assembled his cabinet Thursday afternoon for the second time in two days in order to discuss the escalation in the south. Sources say that Israel is not interested in an escalation, although it will not hesitate to strike against anyone who attempts to launch rockets into Israel, or commit acts of terror against it.