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Rockets Rain on Southern Israel in Morning Barrage

Fifteen rockets fired in three hours on southern communities; light damage sustained in Eshkol region.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/24/2014, 9:20 AM / Last Update: 8/24/2014, 9:26 AM

Rocket fire from Gaza
Rocket fire from Gaza
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At least rockets have been fired on Israeli civilians from Gaza in three hours Sunday, according to IDF Radio, with constant barrages on southern Israel since roughly 6:00 am. 

No injuries have been reported. 

A total of twelve rockets struck the southern Eshkol region Sunday morning; ten struck open areas and one hit a community. No injuries were reported, but one building suffered light damage. Moments ago, another rocket was shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Ashkelon. 

Between four and six rockets also struck the Sdot HaNegev region since 6:00 am Sunday. No injuries or damage were reported despite the barrage. 

At least 3,500 rockets have been fired on Israel from Gaza since Operation Protective Edge began 48 days ago; Sunday morning's barrage follows an IDF officer's assessment Saturday night that 70% of Hamas's rocket arsenal has been decimated. 

"Rocket fire in the Gaza periphery is related to Hamas's desire and ability to put pressure on Israel," the official told Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity. "We're talking about 30% of the rockets left now." 

"In my opinion, Hamas's rocket production capabilities have decreased," he added.