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Gaza Rockets Damage Cars and Buildings in Southern Israel

Direct hit on home as rockets since ceasefire breach edge towards 100; volley on Eshkol region leaves damage, civilian suffering shock.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 8/20/2014, 11:43 AM / Last Update: 8/20/2014, 12:43 PM

Rocket damage (illustration)
Rocket damage (illustration)
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The barrage of rockets fired on Israeli civilian populations by Gaza terrorists continued Wednesday morning, after the ceasefire was breached the previous afternoon.

Shortly after 11 a.m. four rockets fell on the Eshkol Regional Council area, with two of them landing in a local community.

Light damage was caused by the missile volley to several vehicles and buildings, and at least one local resident was suffering from shock after the close and powerful blasts.

Not long after, several minutes before 12 p.m., another two rockets slammed into the Eshkol area, with shrapnel from the strike causing light damage to the wall of a shelter. A thorn field in the community due to the rockets, with Border Patrol forces aiding in putting out the blaze.

Just after 12 p.m. another rocket hit an Eshkol community, causing more damage to a local home. A direct hit was recorded on a home in the Hof Ashkelon regional council roughly 30 minutes later; there were no injuries in the attack.

Likewise three rockets fired over the course of the night were located in communities in the region, with two of them having caused damage to buildings.

According to the IDF Spokesperson Unit, roughly 80 rockets have been fired by Gaza terrorists since the ceasefire was breached on Tuesday around 4 p.m.

Well over 30 of those rockets were fired over the course of Wednesday morning, and with no sign of the rockets slowing up the current total appears well on its way to reach the 100 mark soon.

The IDF reports that since Operation Protective Edge began 44 days ago, roughly 3,488 rockets have been fired, and the IDF has hit 4,929 terror targets in Gaza aided by precise intelligence information. Over the course of Tuesday night over 80 targets were hit in airstrikes.

As a result of the renewed rocket fire, the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon announced new-borns would be transferred to sheltered areas for their protection.