Photo Credit: Avi Tzadik / TPS
Iron Dome over Ashkelon March 25, 2018

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization fired more than 30 rockets, missiles and mortar shells at southern Israel on Monday after the IDF began retaliating for a serious rocket attack on central Israel that struck a home and injured seven people, including two toddlers.

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Although the IDF used the “knock on roof” practice to warn occupants of buildings prior to bombing and took pains to ensure air strikes were aimed at empty structures, Hamas was not nearly as humane, aiming its rocket fire at densely populated areas while claiming a ceasefire had been reached and was underway between the terror groups of the enclave and the IDF.

Rocket fire that was headed towards populated centers was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. One of the cities protected was Netivot, which came under attack at 11:22 pm Monday night.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system successfully intercepted an attack by two rockets over the southern Israeli town, where the tomb of the famed Moroccan Torah sage and kabbalist Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, known as the Baba Sali, is located.

Damage was caused to a power line elsewhere in southern Israel in a separate rocket attack in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district, and about half an hour later, a power outage in the Sdot Negev Regional Council district due to another rocket attack, also being remedied of by technicians from the Israel Electric Company.

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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.
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