Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Ashdod Synagogue Hit By Rocket Fire

At least 50 rockets, mortars fired on southern Israel, with one landing near preschool and another striking an Ashdod synagogue, following violent day which saw over 100 rockets launched; IDF hit over 30 Gaza targets in response, two killed

By: Ilanan Curiel

Published: August 22nd, 2014 in News » Israel

Over 50 rockets were fired at Israel’s south Friday, with one landing a direct hit on synagogue in Ashdod, lightly wounding two and putting one woman in moderate condtion. Ten were treated for anxiety on the scene.

Earlier rockets fell near a preshcool in Be’er Sheva, wounding a man while another landed meters from another preschool in the south, after a quiet night gave residents a much needed rest from renewed fighting which have seen a record number of rockets slam into Israel.

 (Photo: Moshe Weizman)
(Photo: Moshe Weizman)

In the late afternoon hours, an apartment in Sderot also suffered a direct hit by a rocket from Gaza. Initial reports from the scene indicated that nobody had been injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, a Gaza health official said four Palestinians were killed in an two seperate IAF airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.

Be'er Sheva shortly after noon rocket attack (Photo: MDA paramedics)
Be’er Sheva shortly after noon rocket attack (Photo: MDA paramedics)

A rocket was fired at Tel Aviv in the early afternoon, but fell in an open area, failing to cause damage. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A 52-year-old Israel man was moderately wounded from shrapnel in his arms after a rocket hit in Be’er Sheva noontime Friday; damage was also reported and he was taken to a local hospital.

As of Friday afternoon, some 56 rockets were fired at Israel, 43 of which managed to hit Israel, while seven were intercepted.

(Photo: MDA paramedics)
(Photo: MDA paramedics)

As part of the salvo, three rockets were fired at the city, two were intercepted while a third fell in an open area.

Dani Schtrukerman, the paramedic who took care of the man, said “when we arrived at the scene we saw heavy damage to the surrounding buildings and cars and shattered glass was everywhere. Citizens took us to a 54-year-old man who had massive shrapnel wounds on his arms. He told us he was hiding between two buildings when the rocket het, sending shrapnel his way.” The hospital said he was in light to moderate condition.

The salvo which wounded the man was followed by a rocket barrage at Sderot, three of which were intercepted by Iron Dome. Two more rockets fell in Eshkol an hour later, causing damage to a local house.

Earlier three rockets were intercepted and two fell outside communities in the Eshkol Regional Council and rockets were also intercepted over Ashkelon and Sderot.

Earlier, at least five rockets hit the south, mostly the Eshkol Regional Council, during the late morning hours, with one of the rockets landing 12 meters from a pre-school. Two rockets fired at Ashkelon were intercepted by Iron Dome and later two others fell in open areas near Netivot, with one also being intercepted above the town.

Rocket hits 12 meters from preschool (Photo: Ido Erez)
Rocket hits 12 meters from preschool (Photo: Ido Erez)

Sirens pierced the early morning silence, waking residents of the Eshkol Regional Council, which has suffered the majority of rocket hits in recent days, and informed them of incoming rocket fire shortly after dawn.

A rocket then exploded in an open area in Eshkol, and was followed by another rocket which fell outside one of the regional council’s communities. Afterwards, a third rocket slammed into an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, while Iron Dome intercepted the fourth shortly after.

According to the IDF, five more rockets were fired since midnight, though no sirens were reported until 6 am.

IDF hit over 20 targets in Gaza, killing four (Photo: Ido Erez)
IDF hit over 20 targets in Gaza, killing four (Photo: Ido Erez)

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