Israel is under attack again.
One person was killed and at least 50 others were wounded in a massive Palestinian missile barrage that targeted southern Israel on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 November.
More than 400 missiles were fired by terrorists in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Homes in the southern cities of Sderot, Netivot and Ashkelon were hit by missiles.
In addition, an anti-tank missile hit a bus near the Gaza border and seriously wounded an IDF soldier.
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More detail on what’s happened
Hamas and Palestinian groups have fired more than 400 missiles at Israel since yesterday afternoon and attacks are continuing this morning. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) confirmed that this was the largest-ever bombardment of southern Israel in a single day.
The IDF said it intercepted 100 of the missiles with its Iron Dome anti-missile system but was unable to prevent several buildings being hit in southern Israeli towns. A 40-year-old man was killed after a house was hit by a missile in Ashkelon late Monday night. The man is reportedly a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Hebron although his identity hasn’t been confirmed.
Eight others were wounded in the strike, including two women who were in the same building at the time of the incident and are said to be in critical condition. In all, more than 50 Israelis have been treated for injuries since Monday, most of them light wounds or stress-related trauma, authorities said.
The missile bombardment began shortly after 16:30, when Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) fired a Kornet anti-tank guided missile at an Israeli bus near the border, seriously injuring an IDF soldier who was on board at the time. Dozens of other soldiers had previously been on the bus, parked near the Black Arrow memorial near Kibbutz Kfar Azza, and exited moments before the missile struck.
Hamas and PIJ have warned that they will expand the range of their missile attacks if Israeli strikes on Gaza continue. “Approximately one million Zionists will be within the range of our missiles if the Zionist enemy’s decision is to continue its aggression,” a Hamas spokesman said. Spokespeople for the armed wing of Hamas called the attack on Ashkelon a “warning”. A senior Hamas official told Kan Radio News that there has been no developments towards agreeing a ceasefire. The IDF estimate that Hamas and PIJ have at least 20,000 missiles and mortars in their arsenal.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have hit more than 100 "terror targets" in the Gaza Strip in response to the heavy missile attack from Gaza.
The IDF said it targeted three underground tunnels operated by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), as well as weapons warehouses, a naval vessel used by Hamas and a building used as the administration of Hamas’s internal security service. Palestinian media report that two PIJ fighters and two Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fighters have been killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza.
IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the army has sent additional infantry forces, rocket defence systems and intelligence units to the Gaza border. “We continue to strike and retaliate against the military targets belonging to terrorist organisations in Gaza, and as for our intentions we will enhance these efforts as needed,” he said. IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said “there was a real and sincere intention to [reach an] arrangement, and Hamas’s decision to fire and to cause a breakdown will result in them paying the price”.
Yesterday evening the IDF bombed the Al-Aqsa TV Broadcasting Station, located in the centre of Gaza City. The IDF said that the broadcasting station is owned and operated by Hamas and “contributes to Hamas' military actions, including by providing operational messaging to militants, directing and explicitly calling for terror activities against Israel, and providing guidance on how to carry out such terror activities”. The IDF fired warning missiles before striking the building.