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Direct strike by rocket fired from Gaza. May 11 2021

A 50-year-old woman was killed by Hamas rocket fire on Tuesday night in the central Israeli city of Rishon Lezion. At least 15 others were wounded all along the Mediterranean coast.

Magen David Adom evacuated six wounded Israelis from Holon, including two with serious injuries. A 30-year-old woman was in critical condition, a 50-year-old man and five year old girl were in serious condition, and three more with minor injuries, according to Walla! News. All the injured were taken to the city’s Wolfson Medical Center.

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In Tel Aviv, MDA medics treated a 33-year-old man on site with minor shrapnel wounds before taking him to Ichilov Hospital.

In Givatayim, medics evacuated four people from the scene of a direct rocket impact. All had minor injuries from shrapnel and smoke inhalation, and were taken to Ichilov Hospital.

Since Monday night, more than 100 Israelis have been wounded in the unending rocket attacks fired at Israel from Gaza.

The enclave’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, backed by Iran, has officially taken responsibility for the non-stop rocket attacks on cities along the Mediterranean coast.

Multiple injuries were also reported in Givatayim.

Ben Gurion International Airport was shut down but reopened after less than two hours.

A rocket directly hit a public bus in Holon, south of Tel Aviv, causing numerous injuries. One missile exploded next to a bus stop, also in Holon, filled with people sheltering from the attack.

The salvos were fired at the central Israeli Dan Region and the Sharon Region, as well as Tel Aviv. The Red Alert incoming rocket siren activated in Tel Aviv and surrounds from as far south as Ashkelon and as far north as Netanya and all points in between, including Ashdod, Holon, Bat Yam, Givatayim, Kfar Chabad, Bnei Brak, Herzliya, Ramat Gan, Petach Tikvah, Rosh Ha’Ayin, Ra’anana, Kfar Sava and Rishon Lezion, among others.

Dozens of rockets were counted in the skies above Tel Aviv together with Iron Dome interceptions. In Netanya, a resident told JewishPress.com that he heard at least “15 booms so far.”

A JewishPress.com reader in Rehovot also reported “We had fireworks just now.”

According to the IDF at least 130 rockets were launched in the seemingly unending first barrage with more in the second, third, fourth and fifth salvos that swiftly followed.

Red Alert sirens continued to activate in all communities for a solid 35 minutes.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing on Tuesday that President Joe Biden had “directed his team to engage intensively with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials as well as leaders throughout the Middle East.

“His team is communicating a clear and consistent message in support of de-escalation and that is our primary focus,” she said.

“The president’s support for Israel’s security, for its legitimate right to defend itself and its people is fundamental and will never waver. We condemn ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem.”

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.