Jerusalem, Aug 24 – Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired at least 12 more rockets and mortars at Israel on Wednesday. One injured a two-year-old child when the car she was traveling in was hit by a rocket and exploded in flames.
The latest onslaught brings the total number of attacks for 2011 to 490. Terrorists in Gaza, which is controlled by the Iranian-backed Hamas organization, have fired at least 170 rockets and mortar shells at Israel since last Thursday. At least two people have been killed and several others injured.
Israel has responded with measured, targeted strikes aimed at those firing the rockets. The Israeli Air Force bombed an Islamic Jihad rocket cell in Gaza City on Wednesday evening. Palestinians reported one dead and several wounded.
A ceasefire brokered by Egypt was supposed to have gone into effect on Sunday evening but has been repeatedly violated by the terrorists.
The Jerusalem Post reported that at least seven rockets landed near Ashkelon and in Ofakim on Wednesday evening. The rockets were believed to be fired by Islamic Jihad which was avenging an Israel Air Force airstrike earlier in the day in which a senior operative was killed.
Israel’s Arutz Sheva News reported that Gaza terrorists fired two rockets at the 200,000 residents of Beersheba at about 10:30 p.m. The Iron Dome anti-missile system managed to intercept one of the rockets, but the other exploded within the city limits causing no injuries.
The latest upsurge in violence began last week when terrorists infiltrated Israel from Gaza through Egyptian territory and launched a coordinated series of attacks on cars and buses killing eight and wounding over 30.