48 Hours of Terror from Gaza

Over the course of 48 hours, southern Israel was struck with an endless barrage of rockets from Gaza. While Israeli families were observing the Sabbath on Friday and Saturday terror groups Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas fired more than 690 rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Background

At one of Hamas’ weekly violent riots along Israel’s security fence with Gaza on Friday, snipers in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire on the Israeli side of the fence, wounding two IDF soldiers. In response to the attack, the IDF struck a Hamas military post.

The following morning, Saturday, May 4, Hamas and PIJ began a massive rocket bombardment, indiscriminately firing rockets at Israeli civilians. Air raid sirens sounded across southern and central Israel, sending thousands of Israeli civilians into shelters.

Those who couldn’t make it to reinforced shelters ran for cover, others laid on the ground, covering their heads with their hands in case of falling shrapnel.

Round-the-clock Terror

Four Israelis were killed in the rocket attacks: Moshe Agadi, 58; Pinchas Menachem Prezuazman, 21; Zaid al-Hamamde, 47; and Moshe Feder, 68.

More than 130 other Israelis were wounded, and hundreds more are suffering from shock and anxiety. Rockets launched by Hamas and PIJ have hit homes, schools, kindergartens, and other civilian targets.

Soldiers operating the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted more than 240 of the over 690 rockets fired towards Israeli cities, towns, and villages, preventing countless deaths and injuries and avoiding further damage.  

IDF Defends    

The IDF responded to the round-the-clock rocket attacks with focused strikes on approximately 350 Hamas and PIJ terror targets in the Gaza Strip. These included rocket launch sites, terror squads, terror operatives, command centers, weapon storage facilities, observation posts, and military compounds.

Also targeted was a Hamas underground rocket manufacturing facility, a PIJ cross-border terror tunnel shaft, Hamas’ Military Intelligence and the General Security offices, Hamas and PIJ naval vessels, Hamas’ cyber headquarters, and weapon manufacturing sites.

Many of the targeted sites had been intentionally embedded and concealed in densely populated civilian areas; these terror groups use their own civilians to shield their terror infrastructure.

The IDF will continue to defend the people of Israel and will continue to act against those who threaten them.

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