Over the past few hours, fresh barrages of Hamas rockets from Gaza have been raining down over Israel. Most have been intercepted by the country’s Iron Dome defence system. But at least 20 Israelis have been wounded in Ashkelon, and a five-year-old boy was killed by a direct rocket hit on a house in Sderot. The boy’s mother was seriously wounded, a five-year-old is moderately wounded and four others are lightly hurt. Rockets have also been fired at the town of Dimona, site of Israel’s nuclear reactor.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired more than 1200 rockets at Israel since Monday evening. Dozens of Israelis have been injured. A five year-old girl was critically injured when a rocket fell next to a bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon.
At present, there are seven Israeli dead from the rocket attacks, including an Israeli Arab man and his 16 year-old daughter in a house near Lod.
There have been Arab riots and countless attacks on Jews in numerous cities. Israeli women out for a jog have been attacked, Israeli cars have been stoned and there have been attempts to lynch some of the drivers…
With the Hamas rockets already raining down, and after weeks of unprovoked Arab attacks on Jews in the streets including bombardments of stones and petrol bombs at Jews and the police from the al Aqsa compound itself, Fatah called on everyone to “raise the level of confrontation in the coming days and hours”.
Its Facebook page and TV channel Awdah broadcast a video calling on Palestinians to “redeem Jerusalem with [their] lives” and calling for people to “sacrifice for the sake of the Al-Aqsa Mosque until our last breath”.