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Gaza Rockets Send Thousands into Bomb Shelters: Week’s Tally

“We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner recently said in response to the attacks.
Iron Dome Missile Defense System protecting parts of southern Israel.

Iron Dome Missile Defense System protecting parts of southern Israel.
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Gaza terrorists fired several rockets at southern Israel, sending thousands into bomb shelters in the Ashkelon area.

For more than a week, Gaza terrorists have continued to fire rockets at Israel. The attacks are increasing the rocket threat against southern communities, forcing the IDF to act in defense of innocent civilians. Following each rocket strike, the Israel Air Force has responded by targeting the activity of terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, terrorists in the area have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over 3.5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks. Although Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense system stops some of the attacks, most rockets are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities. More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel.

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“We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner recently said in response to the attacks. “Iron Dome’s success does not change the absurd fact that Israelis have been living under continuous rocket threat for multiple years. We shall persist with our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the pending threat to Israeli lives.”

Updates: Rocket attacks against Israel

Tuesday June 24

Terrorists fired several rockets at southern Israel, sending thousands into bomb shelters in the Ashkelon area. Iron Dome intercepted two rockets, and one rocket landed in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

Sunday June 22

Terrorists fired two rockets fired at Israel. Both of them hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

In response: The IDF targeted four terror activity sites in Gaza.

Additionally, a terrorist carrying a hand grenade was arrested Sunday morning near Eshkol Regional Council. An initial investigation suggests he infiltrated Israel through the Gaza security fence.

Saturday June 21

Terrorists fired three rockets at Israel.

  • One hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

  • One hit Hof Ashkelon Regional Council

  • One fell short of its target and landed in Gaza

Friday June 20

Four rockets fired at Israel.

  • One hit an open area near Sderot

  • One intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system

  • Two fell short of their target and landed in Palestinian teritory

In response: The IDF targeted three concealed rocket launchers and a weapons storage facility in Gaza.

Thursday June 19

Two rockets fired at Israel.

  • One intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system

  • One hit an open area near Sderot

In response: The IDF targeted a rocket-launching site and two terror activity sites in Gaza.

Wednesday June 18

Five rockets fired at Israel.

  • Two hit the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

  • A house damaged by the explosion

Tuesday June 17

In response to rocket fire: The IDF targeted a terrorist activity site, a weapons factory and two weapon storage facilities in Gaza.

Monday June 16

One rocket fired at Israel.

In response: The IDF targeted two terrorist activity sites, three weapon storage facilities, and a weapons-manufacturing site in Gaza.

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