Photo Credit: Attia Muhammed / Flash 90
A fireball and smoke erupt following an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza City, on August 6, 2022.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Gaza fired more than 350 rockets at Israel throughout the Sabbath, as Israel’s Operation Breaking Dawn got underway.


On Saturday night, the Strauss food products factory in Sderot sustained a direct hit from a rocket attack.

Earlier in the day, a house in Sderot was also hit directly by rocket fire; although the family was in the home at the time, they remained safe in their built-in bomb shelter.

But of the 350 rockets fired by the terrorists, 94 landed among their own population in Gaza and 29 more landed in the Mediterranean Sea.

IDF soldiers operating the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted 162 of the missiles that were projected to strike Israeli population centers – a 96 percent interception rate.

Three people, including two IDF soldiers, sustained minor injuries from mortar fire in areas along the Gaza border.

Israeli fighter pilots carried out wave after wave of air strikes aimed at PIJ terrorist targets throughout the Gaza enclave.

In Gaza City, a fireball erupted followed by thick black smoke after a surgical Israeli air strike on a building in the city.

In Israel, Red Alert sirens blared through the night and throughout the day on Saturday, continuing into the evening hours, as PIJ terrorists aimed their missiles at Israeli population centers.

Rocket fire was aimed primarily at Israelis living near the Gaza border, including the city of Sderot, as well as those living in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Tel Aviv, Yavne, Holon, Bat Yam, Modi’in and Rishon Lezion.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.