Jerusalem, Aug. 19 – Palestinian terrorists fired as many as 21 rockets at Israeli cities on Friday, wounding at least seven people, two of them seriously. The rocket fire followed a coordinated series of terror attacks in southern Israel on Thursday (Aug. 18).
Rockets hit a school and a synagogue in Ashdod, a port city of 250,000 people. The southern capital Beersheba and Ashkelon were also targeted, with the terrorists using longer-range Grad rockets.
Israel’s advanced anti-rocket barrier, Iron Dome, intercepted several projectiles.
Meanwhile, Israeli families began burying those killed on Thursday. Eight people, six of them civilians, were slain when terrorists opened fire on two public buses and private cars, close to the Israeli resort town of Eilat.
Four of the dead – two sisters and their husbands – were on their way to vacation in Egypt when their vehicle came under fire.
The attackers infiltrated from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Israel maintains they first crossed from Gaza into Sinai.
No one has taken responsibility for the attack but Hamas and Hezbollah, both backed by Iran, lauded the perpetrators.
“This operation is in the framework of the resistant actions which achieve the Arab and Islamic will; the will that considers the whole of Palestine – from sea to river – as a sacred land which belongs to its real owners, and none of its parts can be relinquished to the usurped Zionist enemy,” Hezbollah said in a statement.