A woman was killed and another person was critically wounded in Rishon Lezion after terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of rockets in the direction of Tel Aviv late Tuesday night setting off sirens throughout the center of the country.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz gave a joint statement Tuesday night, declaring that the violence will continue for some time.
“Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid and will continue to pay for their actions,” said Netanyahu. “We are all mourning those killed and praying for those who were injured. We give our full support to the IDF and Israeli security forces. This campaign will take time.”Israel has “the right and the obligation to act and will continue to do so,” said Gantz.Israel struck 500 targets, killing dozens of terrorists, IDF chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi said. “We will continue extensive strikes against Gaza,” he added.
A gas stockpile near Ashkelon exploded Tuesday after a rocket landed nearby. The fire was burning since the afternoon, but grew Tuesday evening. Specialists were brought to the scene to assess the situation and work to put out the flames.
The barrage toward Tel Aviv came hours after Hamas warned Israel that it would fire missiles into the metropolitan city if the IDF continued to strike buildings in the Gaza Strip.Another rocket struck a bus in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv. Some 18 people were injured in Holon including the driver of the bus who was critically injured. Another three people were in moderate condition after being injured in the attack, including a five-year-old child. Four people were lightly injured in Givatayim.
The IDF responded by targeting Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Ben-Gurion Airport was closed as rockets were intercepted above it.