Rocket Bombardment Continues in Southern Israel: Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be'er Sheva Areas Hit

Two children lightly wounded when four rockets land in Ofakim on Saturday evening; Iron Dome intercepts rocket aimed at Be'er Sheva.

The rocket attacks on southern Israel continued Saturday in areas near Be'er Sheva and in the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.

Two children were lightly wounded on Saturday evening when four rockets landed in Ofakim.

Rocket landing site Ashdod - Ilan Assayag - August 2011
Ilan Assayag

Also on Saturday evening, a Grad rocket fired at Be'er Sheva was intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

More than 40 Qassam rockets, Grad missiles and mortar shells have been fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip since Thursday evening, injuring 13 people.

Early on Saturday, one person was lightly wounded by a rocket that landed in an open area near Be'er Sheva, while seven others received medical attention either for sustaining wounds while seeking shelter, or for shock.

Throughout the day, a number of rockets and mortar shells landed in the Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev regions.

Two rockets also fell in the Be'er Tuvia Regional Council, and another near the city of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported.

On Saturday morning, several Grad rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit the southern city of Ashdod, critically wounding three people.

Magen David Adom treated the three young men, allegedly illegal Palestinian workers, for shrapnel wounds in their chests and necks.

Due to rocket fire, the IDF Homefront Command and local municipal authorities have cancelled public events, including concerts and soccer matches, throughout the south.

On Saturday morning, a spokesman for Hamas' military wing denied a radio report that Hamas had ended its ceasefire with Israel.

On Saturday afternoon, IAF aircraft targeted a squad of Palestinian militants in Gaza that had fired mortars at Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

The IAF conducted several strikes in the Gaza Strip early Saturday morning, which left three dead, including a five-year-old boy, according to Palestinian sources.

At least four Palestinian militants were killed on Friday by two separate air strikes while attempting to launch rockets at Israel. 

The Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket over Ashkelon.

In response to the ongoing rocket fire, an IDF spokesperson stated that the military will not tolerate any attempt at harming Israeli civilians or soldiers, and will continue to act with determination and strength against any source of terror. The spokesperson also claimed that Hamas must be held responsible for the ongoing attacks.

On Friday, one day after coordinated terror attacks killed eight in southern Israel, 30 Grad and Qassam rockets were fired throughout southern Israel.

Most of the rockets fell in open areas and did not cause damage or injuries, but one of the missiles hit a building in an Ashdod industrial park, wounding six people, one of them seriously.