Military says four-year-old boy was killed by mortars fired shelter maintained by Hamas in Gaza; rockets injuries eight in Ashdod and Be’er Sheva.
A 4-year-old boy was killed and eight were wounded on Friday following a series of rocket and mortar shell barrages launched from Gaza. Some 100 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel over a 24-hour period.
Daniel Tregerman, the child killed Friday afternoon after a mortar shell hit a car in a kibbutz by the Gaza border, is the first Israeli child to be killed during this round of violence. Two separate rocket attacks in Ashdod wounded six people in total. One of the casualties is a 25-year-old man who is in serious condition, the others are all in light condition. One person was moderately wounded in an attack on Be’er Sheva, as well.
“In this difficult moment, I wish to strengthen the people of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Hamas will pay a heavy price for this terrible terrorist attack. The IDF and the Shin Bet will intensify their operations against Hamas and the terrorist organizations in Gaza until the goals of Operation Protective Edge will be reached.”
Gaza’s Health Ministry said early Saturday morning that 2,096 Palestinians have been killed and 10,540 injured since the start of Operation Protective Edge in early July.
6:24 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Gaza border towns. (Haaretz)
4:58 A.M. Three Palestinians were killed and 10 injured in an Israeli airstrike on ahouse in central Gaza, medics and witnesses said early Saturday.
Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said a 47-year-old woman and two men were killed in the strike on al-Zawayda town.
He also said about 40 civilians were injured in another airstrike on the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City overnight. (DPA)
1:17 A.M. According to the IDF, the mortar shell that killed a 4-year-old boy was not fired from a school used by UNRWA as a shelter for refugees. “After further review, the school the mortar was launched near from is not being used as a shelter by UNRWA but rather a shelter maintained by Hamas authorities in Gaza,” IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner tweeted. (Haaretz)
11:37 P.M. Mortar shell lands in an open area outside of a community in Eshkol Regional Council. No damages. (Shirly Seidler)
11:22 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in several towns near the Gaza Strip.
11:15 P.M. The person wounded earlier by rocket fire near Ashdod is a 25-year-old man, the Magen David Adom emergency service says. (Haaretz)
10:39 P.M. Two rockets intercepted by Iron Dome over Ashdod. (Shirly Seidler)
10:30 P.M. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attacked the government for not defining a clear objective for the operation against the Hamas and called on the government to order the defeating of Hamas, in an interview with Channel 2 News on Friday evening.
“There is no doubt that the Hamas can be defeated,” Lieberman said. “The operation needs to end with the Hamas waving a white flag and begging for an unconditional cease-fire. In a cabinet meeting I presented a model for the defeating of the Hamas, and it doesn’t have to take a month and a half nor even a week and a half. This is a model that I believe can be implemented.”
According to Lieberman the defeating of the Hamas would mean that the organization will not be able to fire rockets, manufacture new rockets or rebuild its tunnels. (Haaretz)