In the past several hours a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza has hit the Israeli home front. This post will document events as they unfold and provide details as more information is made available. Hours refer to Israeli time (GMT+2).
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
16:05: Another rocket hit Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, making the rocket count 73. Throughout the day, injured Palestinians were transferred from the Gaza Strip to Israel for medical treatment.
13:15: 4 more rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel, upping the count to 72 rockets since midnight.
Click to see photos of the damage caused by the rockets to the Israeli home front.
12:05: An IAF aircraft targeted a tunnel used for smuggling by terror organizations in the northern Gaza Strip and Armored Forces targeted terror activity sites, in response to the ongoing barrage.
09:35: In response to heavy rocket fire in the past 8 hours, an IAF aircraft targeted a rocket launching site in the northern Gaza Strip.
09:20: As of now, over 65 rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel today. The Iron Dome system intercepted seven rockets aimed at major Israeli cities.
07:00: Around this hour a barrage of 40 rockets was fired from Gaza, striking communities in southern Israel. Two farm workers were critically wounded and evacuated by an IDF helicopter to a nearby hospital.
05:30: Third rocket launch attempt thwarted by the Israel Air Force.
00:40: A second rocket launch attempt in northern Gaza was successfully thwarted by Israel Air Force aircraft — the second attempt in two hours.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
22:30: Israel Air Force aircraft successfully targeted a rocket launch squad in Gaza which was in its final stages of preparation to fire rockets.
21:30: In another two hours, this number quickly rose to six rockets, all in Eshkol Regional Council.