More than 180 rockets fired at Israel

More than 180 rockets have been fired at Southern Israel throughout Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Eleven people were injured, including one seriously when her home in the Eshkol region was hit.

A video clip posted by The Sun captures the terror that these rocket attacks cause amongst the population – especially the children.

Around 30 of the 180 rockets are said to have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, which is only activated against missiles expected to hit populated areas of Israel.

In response the IDF have carried out 140 air strikes into Gaza overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, hitting targets including ‘over 20 terror sites in military compounds … a Hamas training camp … a weapons manufacturing and a storage facility, a complex used for the Hamas naval force, and a military compound used for rocket launching experiments … Additionally, five training camps were targeted as well as a main warehouse and a meeting point used by the senior commanders of the Khan Yunis Brigade.’

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that three Palestinians were killed in those air strikes, including a Hamas militant, a pregnant woman and her daughter; whilst 11 others were injured.

The BBC’s reporting of these events caused outrage among Israelis with its initial headline of ‘Israeli air strikes kill pregnant woman and baby’ – making no mention of the Hamas rocket fire that had prompted the Israeli retaliation.

The BBC later modified its headline to read ‘Gaza air strikes kill woman and child after rockets hit Israel.’

Of most concern is that Israel’s patience with Hamas’ continued attacks seems to be running out. The IDF is deploying a large number of additional forces to the Gaza area. Although no additional reservist units have been called up as of Thursday morning. The IDF says it is ready to evacuate communities in southern Israel if war breaks out.