Major escalation overnight, southern Israel under heavy fire
Iron Dome intercepts several rockets fired at Beersheba, Ofakim, siren activated in cities across south. Air Force bombs Rafah vehicle, three Hamas men killed:
The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted several Grad rockets fired at Beersheba, southern Israel’s largest city, and at the town of Ofakim early Saturday. Five residents in both cities were lightly hurt while rushing to local bomb shelters after the anti-rocket siren was activated. Four of them were taken to hospital for treatment.
At around 3:45 am, the anti-rocket siren was activated throughout southern Israel, including in the cities of Ashdod, Beersheba, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Gedera, Ofakim and Gan Yavne. Shortly thereafter, several Grad rockets exploded in open areas north of Ashdod and Nitsanim. Area residents have been ordered to enter secured rooms and bomb shelters. There were no initial reports of injuries or damages. A siren was also heard in the Palmahim area near Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, the IDF continued to target terrorists, killing three Hamas members after firing at their vehicle in the city of Rafah. Palestinian sources said two of those killed were senior members of Izz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas’ military wing. The three were identified as regiment commander Muhammad Abu Snima, platoon commander Mohammad Awaja, and Shadi Zatame. The army later confirmed the reports, saying three Hamas commanders were killed in an Air Force strike. The IDF Spokesman’s Office said the three terrorists were killed in a joint operation by the army and Shin Bet security service” source – YNET