Rocket launches resumed towards communities in Israel resumed Wednesday after a seven-hour lull
Islamic Jihad launched missiles as of 5:45 AM in the direction of the border communities, the city of Ashkelon and the surrounding communities, the cities of Sderot and Netivot and as far as the Judean foothills.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets over Ashkelon and two over Sderot. According to Palestinian media reports, the IDF attacked targets in Gaza City and Dir El Balah in the central part of the Gaza Strip.
At least two people have been reported killed in the Israeli attacks.
The IDF Spokesman’s Unit confirmed a UAV attacked what they say was a rocket launching squad belonging to the Islamic Jihad.
According to the IDF 250 rockets were launched from Gaza. 220 of them fell in Israeli territory. The Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon reports they have treated 41 people affected by the events since Tuesday. 23 of them suffering light injuries and 18 suffering from shock.
As of Wednesday, eight people are still hospitalized. The Home Front Command instructed communities in the south to keep schools closed today and non-essential workers are asked to remain home.
On Tuesday, the special emergency-situation extended to the center of the country, on orders of newly appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, but that decision has since been reversed and there are no special provisions or restrictions on the civilian population in light of events. However, everyone is urged to comply with Home Front Command instructions as they are issued.