Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 7,000 rockets and mortars into Israel. Turning Gaza into a launching pad for terrorist activity, Hamas continues to target major Israeli population centers. In the last year, approximately 460 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli population centers in southern Israel, putting millions of Israelis in the direct line of fire. Terrorists shamefully targeted three of Israel’s largest southern cities: Be’er Sheba, Ashdod and Ashkelon.
Multi-Pronged terror attack in southern Israel
On August 18, 2011, eight people were killed and at least 40 others were injured in a multi-pronged terror attack that targeted Israeli civilians. In a premeditated attack, terrorists targeted Israeli civilians, who were on their way to Eilat, a popular tourist destination for summer vacations. All of the incidents took place near the Israel-Egypt border. According to Israeli intelligence, the terrorists originated from Gaza.
Years of constant rocket attacks in southern Israel
- Back in January 2007, three Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing at an Eilat bakery after a terrorists detonated an explosive belt.
- In April 2008, terrorists killed two Israeli civilians at a fuel depot along the Israel-Gaza border.
- Last April, Hamas launched an anti-tank missile from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, striking a school bus, killing 16-year-old Daniel Viflic.