The violence in the south of Israel has escalated alarmingly over the last 36 hours, and from this afternoon, terrorists from Gaza have fired over 40 missiles into southern Israel.
Rocket and mortars rained on southern Israel Tuesday as tensions between Israel and Gaza escalated dramatically.
One rocket hit landed ina built-up area in the Hof Ashkelon region, setting a fire and injuring four people according to initial reports. One person is in serious condition and the other three were lightly injured by shrapnel.
The seriously injured man was identified as a Border Police officer who was injured when the rocket landed near his vehicle.
Three Grad missiles were fired at the town of Netivot at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. All three landed in open areas near the town.
Several rockets were fired into the Eshkol, Hof Ashkelon, Sdot Negev and Shaar Hanegev regions in the morning and afternoon into the night.
Israeli planes struck the central Gaza strip following the second volley of rockets, killing two terrorists in a rocket-launching squad, the Israel Defense Forces said on its website. Military sources promised to respond to the rocket fire, Channel 2 news reported.
The rocket strikes were the latest salvo in a period which has seen multiple cross-border incidents involving Gazan terrorists and the IDF.
Responsibility for the morning rocket fire was claimed by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigades, Hamas’s military wing, which said it was aiming at an IDF base at Zikim, close to Ashkelon. It said it fired them in response to the death of one of its members, who was killed in an Israeli strike on Monday — itself a response to previous rocket fire from Gaza.
In its report about this missile onslaught and the IDF response to it, Ynet reports that the Palestinians are claiming that a 2 year old girl was killed by an IAF air strike, which the IAF has vehemently denied:
Also on Tuesday, Palestinian sources said a two-year-old girl was killed and her brother was wounded as a result of an explosion in their home in the Zeitun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
The Palestinians claimed that the explosion was a result of an IAF strike – an allegation the IDF vehemently denies.
Later Tuesday night an IDF Spokesperson’s statement said that no strike was launched at the area and that the explosion was a result of a Qassam rocket, which hit the two’s home.
Elder of Ziyon has more on the lying Arabic media, noting that only Ma’an has an accurate report:
A Palestinian toddler was killed Tuesday evening in an explosion south of Gaza City, medics said.
Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said in a statement that Hadil al-Haddad, 2, was killed and her brother was injured in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.
A Hamas medical official told Reuters the cause of the child’s death was not clear. Witnesses said she was killed when militants launched a rocket close by.
An Israeli military spokesman told Ma’an the army had not attacked that area. He said the army’s initial investigation suggested al-Haddad’s death was caused by a failed rocket launch by Palestinian militants.
The Elder finishes off with this staggering statement:
UPDATE: The BBC tweets that Hamas knows they are lying.
Here’s the BBC’s tweet so that you can believe your own eyes:
I’m still scraping my jaw off the floor.