The terrorist rocket fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza continued Sunday afternoon. Twelve rockets struck Israel in total in the latest salvo, and landed in the Eshkol and Shaar Hanegev regions. One of the rockets exploded inside a Jewish community and caused a fire to break out. No one was hurt.
Terrorists have fired a total of more than 110 rockets at Israel in the escalation that took place in recent weeks, following the abduction and murder of three yeshiva students and the subsequent IDF operation against Hamas in Judea and Samaria. Most of these rockets struck empty spaces. Ten rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
A military source rejected the criticism of the IDF's policy of restraint vis-a-vis the escalation in Gaza. A military source said that the IDF has the capacity to carry out any operation in Gaza, including its reconquest, but “the circumstances, conditions and consequences” must be examined.
The source said that the IDF is raising its level of preparedness, but that Israel prefers to avoid escalation and prevent “a general conflagration.”