Ashkelon’s Barzali Hospital is moving children and mothers to bomb shelters and is sending home as many patients as possible as the Gaza missile bombardment continues and moves northward.
The city of Gedara, south of the edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv came under attack Monday, placing pressure on the IDF over its lack of enough Iron Dome systems to protect all of southern Israel. Several parked cars sustained damage in the Gedara blast, which was not far from a superhighway linked to the north-south Kvish 6 (Highway 6).
Warning sirens shrieked in Kiryat Malachi, east of Ashdod and less than 10 miles from the Rehovot-Ben Gurion Airport area.
The IDF attacked a terrorist cell in northern Gaza Monday afternoon, and Gaza sources reported that a father and his daughter were killed, but there has been no confirmation from the IDF.
Hamas has rejected any chance of a ceasefire until Israel promises to stop attacking “ticking bomb” terrorists who prepare rocket attacks on Israel. The government and military have categorically stated that the IDF will carry out pre-emptive measures to protect the country.
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority said it is asking the United Nation to condemn Israel’s counterterrorist actions, which the PA terms “terror.”
The latest eruption of attacks on Israel has not won Hamas media and international sympathy like that it enjoyed during the Operation Cast Lead campaign against Gaza terror three years ago.
In addition, the brutality of the Syrian regime against its civilians has moved the IDF strikes off the top headlines even on the pro-Hamas Al Jazeera website.