Daily Israel Report

Terrorists Fire Rockets at Kiryat Gat

Three rockets fired from Gaza intercepted by Iron Dome over Kiryat Gat, south of Tel Aviv.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/15/2014, 11:30 PM

Rocket attack on Kiryat Gat (archive)
Rocket attack on Kiryat Gat (archive)
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Terrorists from Gaza fired rockets towards the city of Kiryat Gat, located 56 kilometers (35 miles) south of Tel Aviv, on Tuesday night, shortly after 11:00 p.m.

Three rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. A fourth rocket exploded in an open region, causing no physical injuries or damages.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

Earlier Tuesday, terrorists launched a fresh barrage of rockets on central and southern Israel, fatally wounding an Israeli civilian in his thirties near the Erez Crossing on the border with Gaza.

Hatzalah paramedics rushed to the scene and provided emergency first aid, after which the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, after hospital staff attempted to revive him. The man had come with a friend and was distributing food to soldiers when he was killed by mortar fire.

One other person was lightly wounded in the same attack.

Hamas later claimed responsibility for the death, insisting - or boasting - the man was an IDF soldier.

Also on Tuesday, the Israeli Air Force launched 30 airstrikes on terrorist targets in Gaza, after Hamas rejected ceasefire efforts and fired a salvo of rockets at Israeli civilian centers.

The Israeli military held off from responding for several hours to allow Hamas time to accept the ceasefire, but on Tuesday afternoon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the green light for renewed operations to stop the rocket attacks.