Gaza steps up retaliatory rocket attacks against Israel

Gaza steps up retaliatory rocket attacks against Israel
Sat Jul 12, 2014 14:27:41

Palestinian resistance fighters have intensified rocket fires into Israeli cities in retaliation for Tel Aviv’s attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The latest Palestinian rocket has hit a building in southern city of Beer Sheva in the Negev desert, critically injuring an Israeli.

Sirens have sounded in the Ghoush Dan district of Tel Aviv, and a blast was heard in the area.

Earlier, Palestinian fighters fired 15 Grad rockets toward Beer Sheva.

Rockets also hit Ashkelon and Negev, while explosions were heard in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Meanwhile, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has fired four M-75 rockets at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

The Israeli military claims three missiles were intercepted over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.

A Palestinian rocket also hit a gas station in Ashdod, injuring eight people and causing a large fire.

Israel’s US-funded Iron Dome missile system has once again proved vulnerable after failing to intercept retaliatory rockets fired by Palestinians into the occupied territories. The failure of the highly-publicized missile system has sparked panic among Israelis.

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned that it is prepared to hit back at Israeli forces should the Tel Aviv regime launch a ground incursion into the coastal enclave.

The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122. More than 800 people were injured in the latest round of Israeli attacks on Gaza since July 8. Most of the victims have been women and children.

Despite international criticism of Israel’s recent airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he would not bow to pressure to end the offensive, pledging instead to carry on.


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