Rocket Hits Ashdod Yeshiva; 18 Injured
Attacks on southern Israel continue day after 8 killed near Eilat
Terrorist attacks in southern Israeli continued overnight and into Friday morning when a rocket fired into the courtyard of a Haredi yeshiva in Ashdod injured 18 people.
Victims of the attack were taken to Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Centre. The yeshiva itself received only minor damage. Another rocket was also fired, hitting a synagogue attached to the yeshiva.
These latest attacks came a day after eight Israelis were killed, and more than 30 were inured, following coordinated quadruple attacks just north of Eilat.
Eye witnesses said that the victims left the synagogue after hearing the siren. They ran for cover in an adjacent building. When they heard the first blast they came outside and were then hit by the second rocket.
"The fence was thoroughly destroyed and a deep hole had gaped in the ground," Moshe Avramovitch, one of the yeshiva students said. "Windows and lamps were shattered in the caravan where the worshippers were praying. The yeshiva students were saying their morning prayers. They ran for their lives and the rocket got them on their way back when they sought to resume their prayer."
A total of 12 rockets were fired at southern communities overnight.
Earlier, at around 6:00 am Israel time, a siren was sounded in Beersheba followed by a rocket hitting an open field near the city.
A rocket also exploded south of Gedera, while more rockets were also fired at the Eshkol and Shaar Hanegev regional councils. Sirens were sounded in Ashkelon and Ashdod. There were no reports of injuries or damage.
On Friday morning, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at Gan Yavne and landed in an open field. Thirty minutes later an additional rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage in both cases.
Earlier, a Color Red alarm was sounded three times across southern communities. In two cases, rockets hit open areas in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, and in one case in an open field in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.
A total of four rockets were fired at Ashkelon on Thursday, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The rockets had been aimed at residential areas. The other two rockets exploded in open areas. Security forces scanned the area. No injuries or damage were reported.
Meanwhile, Israel's Air Force launched extensive strikes in the Gaza Strip. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed that Israel Air Force jets attacked seven targets in the Gaza Strip in response to Thursday's terror attacks and the firing of rockets at southern communities.
According to the statement, two terror centers and an arms manufacturing warehouse were attacked in the northern Strip, while two smuggling tunnels, a terrorist tunnel and a terror center were attacked in southern Gaza.
On Thursday, the IDF bombed a Rafah building where senior members of the Popular Resistance Committees, who were behind the Eilat terror attacks, were staying.
Palestinian sources reported that six people were killed in the strike, including Kamal Nirab, commander of the PRC's military wing and Khaled Shaath, a senior member of the terror group.