At Least 70 Rockets Fired at Southern Israel


Gaza-based terrorists fire a barrage of rockets at southern Israel. Iron Dome intercepts 20 of the rockets.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 11/15/2012, 12:11 AM

Car Hit by Terrorists' Rocket
Car Hit by Terrorists' Rocket- Flash 90

Gaza-based terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel’s communities on Wednesday evening. At least 70 rockets were fired at southern Israel as of 11:45 p.m. (local time) Wednesday night.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was able to intercept 20 of the rockets that were fired at Israel. In at least two cases, rockets hit populated areas in Ashdod and Be’er Sheva. Damage was caused to a building in Ashdod and a parked vehicle in Be’er Sheva.

Magen David Adom paramedics treated 14 people, including two who suffered minorinjuries from broken glass or from falling down stairs while rushing to shelters. 12 people were treated for shock.

Gaza terrorists also fired a rocket at Dimona, where Israel's nuclear reactor is located. The rocket fell wide of its mark and caused no casualties or damage.Channel 2 said this was the first time a terror rocket was fired at the sensitive site.

Rockets also hit Sderot, Ofakim, and communities in the Gaza Belt.

The Home Front Command announced Wednesday that following the security situation in the south and the beginning of the military operation 'Pillar of Defense' in Gaza, there will be no school Thursday for all school districts within 7-40 kilometers of Gaza.

In addition, for the safety of the population, a ban was placed on any large gatherings of 100 or more people. A ban was also placed on activities in shopping centers and all non-essential jobs will be closed.