Sunday, June 24, 2012 | Ryan Jones – israeltoday.co.il
The residents of southern Israel continued life under siege over the weekend as Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists launched an additional 20 rockets and medium-range missiles in their direction. The weekend attacks came after southern Israel was pounded by more than 120 rockets and mortars last week.
In one weekend attack, a school in the southern town of Sderot suffered a direct hit from a Palestinian rocket. Fortunately, the school was empty and no one was hurt. Two more rockets landed near a public beach in the coastal town of Ashkelon, again causing no injuries.
A 50-year-old resident of the southern town of Netivot was not so fortunate, and suffered shrapnel wounds to the neck when a Palestinian rocket hit a local factory.
Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system managed to intercept five missiles fired at Ashkelon.
Israel responded to the ongoing attacks by hitting Hamas bases throughout Gaza. At least one terrorist was reportedly killed in the reprisals.
Israeli officials continued to offer Hamas an informal ceasefire, stating, “quiet will be met with quiet.”