Death Toll Rises to Three as Rocket Attacks Continue

May 5, 2019

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A rocket fired from Gaza made a direct hit on a factory in Ashkelon killing one 22-year old man and injuring two others, one moderately and one seriously.

In a separate incident, a 60-year old man was driving near the border when his car was hit by a projectile. The man suffered shrapnel wounds to his leg causing significant blood loss and leaving him in critical condition. The man was later pronounced dead in the hospital. The IDF is investigating whether his car was struck by a rocket, an anti-tank guided missile, or a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two people were lightly injured Sunday afternoon after a rocket hit their home in the Eshkol Region of southern Israel.

A 60-year old woman was seriously wounded by a rocket that landed in the area of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai near the Gaza Strip.

A tragedy was averted when a bus carrying soldiers narrowly missed being hit by a rocket that landed by the side of the road.

Over 500 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since Saturday morning. The sirens reached as far as Bet Shemesh, 12 miles west of Jerusalem, and Beersheba, 26 miles from the border with Gaza. The Iron Dome missile-protection system was claimed to have a 90 percent success rate, intercepting approximately 100 rockets. Despite the efforts of the IDF, many rockets penetrated the defenses.

A rocket hit a building in Ashkelon at around 2:30 am on Saturday night, wounding a 58-year old man in the stomach and chest. He was taken to the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon where he was declared dead one hour later. Magen David Adom (MADA) reported treating six people overnight for shrapnel wounds and 16 more for shell shock. The man was identified as Moshe Agadi, 58, a father of four.

Two people were reported wounded in the daytime attacks:  a woman approximately 80-years old was seriously wounded by shrapnel in Kiryat Gat and a man was in moderate condition after being hit by shrapnel in Ashkelon six miles north of the border. Dozens more have been treated for shrapnel wounds and shell shock.

The IDF responded by hitting over 180 military targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad inside Gaza with tank-fire and airstrikes. At least two rocket launchers were reportedly hit in the strikes.  The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said a 22-year-old man was killed and four people were injured by the Israeli strikes. Reuters cited a Hamas source as claiming the man was a terrorist in their military. A terrorist tunnel penetrating into Israel was also destroyed on Saturday.

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