Israelis around southern Israel spent Thursday morning in their bomb shelters as Hamas terrorists continued their assault on Jewish civilians from Beer Sheva to Ashkelon.
More than three dozen missiles hit Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, the Eshkol Regional Council and other non-military locales inside Israel this morning. Injuries were reported in the Eshkol Regional Council, including one woman who had a car accident when the siren gave her a fright and she became distracted from the road.
Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli Air Force general, IDF military attaché to the United States and the current head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, estimated to Israel News that Hamas rocket stockpiles have dwindled to 1,500, based on calculations that the terror gang had 10,000 rockets on the eve of Operation Protective Edge. He said the IDF has destroyed about 5,000 rockets over the past six weeks, and said the Palestinians have fired 3,500 rockets during the current escalation.
Yadlin said dwindling supplies are the reason Hamas has scaled back its terror attacks on the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.
Following is a partial list of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians since Thursday morning.
12:57: Multiple sirens in the Ashdod and Ashkelon districts.
12:56: Sirens sounding in the Ashdod district.
12:55: Another round of rocket fire in the Ashkelon district.
12:54: Sirens sounding in Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsarah.
12:48: Sirens sounding throughout the Ashkelon district.
12:40: Six terrorists firing rockets were killed in an IAF targeted strike.
12:39: Sirens sounding in Gaza border communities at this time.
12:21: A rocket exploded in an open area near Ramle, B’chasdei Hashem without fatalities or injuries.
12:08: Sirens sounding in Zikim and Karmiya. Multiple sirens in the Ashdod and Ashkelon districts.
12:07: Sirens sounding throughout the entire Ashkelon and Ashdod Districts.
12:01: Sirens sounding in Naot Chovav again along with Ofakim, and other areas in the Ashkelon/Beersheva districts.
12:00: Sirens Ashkelon and Beersheva districts at this time.
11:59: Sirens sounding in Naot Chovav in the Negev District.
11:57: Sirens sounding in Nirim, Nachal Ohz, Alumim and Ein HaShloshah.
11:51: Sirens sounding in the Shvelah area including Beit Uziel, Gezer, Ganei Hadar, Ganei Yochanan, Chulda, Yad Rambam, Yesodot, Yatzitz, Kfar Ben Nun, Kfar Shmuel, Karmei Yosef, Mazkeret Batya, Bilu Center, Mishmar Ayalon, Mishmar David, Netzer Chazani, Ramot Meir and many other municipalities.
11:17: A mortar shell struck a kindergarten in the Eshkol Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem the building was empty.
10:46: Sirens sounding in Kissufim.
10:32: A total of nine mortar shells have landed in the Eshkol district resulting in one person sustaining light injuries.
10:12: Sirens in Nir Am at this time.
09:49: Three very high ranking Hamas commanders have been killed by the IDF.
09:48: Sirens sounding in Kissufim.
09:03: 170 rockets were fired at Israel on Wednesday, a record since the start of Operation Protective Edge.
08:03: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.
07:01: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.
Meir Halevi Siegel
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