Photo Credit: Noga Benoudiz-Siyahu
Iron Dome shrapnel. August 17, 2019

Three rockets were launched at Israel on Saturday night, around 9 pm. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted two of the rockets, according to the IDF.

Shrapnel from one of the intercepted Qassam rockets landed in the backyard of a home in the town of Sderot, near the Gaza border. One woman received medical treatment for shock after the rocket landed in her backyard, causing some damage.

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Two people were treated for minor injuries they received while racing for shelter, according to the Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency medical response service.

Three other people were also treated for acute anxiety, including a 76-year-old woman who was evacuated to a nearby hospital for further treatment as a result.

On Friday night, Red Alert incoming rocket sirens were activated in numerous Jewish communities along the Gaza border, sending thousands of families racing for cover.

The Israel Defense Forces attacked two Hamas terrorist “underground infrastructures” in Gaza in response to the rocket fire. The two structures were terror tunnels that were under construction; one of them was an “attack tunnel” that was close to completion, according to Kan News.

In response, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist group called the IDF attack an “invitation to an escalation.”

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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.