Magen David Adom told The Jerusalem Post that it had treated 16 people for injuries, three of whom were evacuated to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. The Israeli army said in a post on Twitter that approximately 70 rockets had been launched from the Gaza Strip. It said the Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted 11 launches and the majority of the rockets hit open areas.
An Israeli man in his 30s was moderately injured after being hit by shards of broken glass and a man in his 20s was hurt by shrapnel. Eight people were treated for panic attacks, according to reports.
The rockets triggered Code Red sirens throughout the city and the surrounding area.
Following the attack, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met in Tel Aviv with senior military officers for what the Israel Defense Forces called a “situational assessment.”
An hour later, several more rockets were fired on an Israeli town located along the border with Gaza.
The attacks came hours after an IDF tank fired on a Hamas military post in northern Gaza in response to Gaza Palestinian gunmen firing shots at civilians working on the barrier along the security fence in the area, hitting an engineering vehicle.
Earlier in the day, the IDF ordered the closure of several roads in southern Israel near the Gaza border over worries that Palestinians in Gaza would fire on Israeli vehicles.
The decision was taken following threats by Hamas of an escalation after Israel on Tuesday fired on a Hamas military post in northern Gaza in response to the shooting at Israeli troops from there. Two Hamas operatives were killed. It later emerged that the bullets fired at the Israeli troops were errant fire from a Hamas training exercise.
The IDF also noted that Hamas had begun leaving some of its military posts near the border, which it often does before attacking Israel.
Raw footage: children in the city of Sderot, Israel, running as a rocket from Gaza explodes near them pic.twitter.com/opqy7XDCp8
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 8, 2018
IDF Spokesperson’s announcement:
IDF fighter jets attacked 12 terrorist targets throughout the Gaza Strip, including a factory for the manufacture of components intended for the construction of tunnels and concrete slabs for tunnels, a tunnel for maritime terrorism in the coastal area, and terrorist targets in a number of military sites, Weapons and rockets, and a military compound that serves as a central logistic warehouse.
The tunnel components factory is a site designated for the hotel and for which the Hamas terrorist organization took over in 2012. The plant produces components for terrorist tunnels under civilian cover.
The attack was carried out in retaliation for launching rockets into Israeli territory and firing at an IDF engineering vehicle earlier today.
The Hamas terrorist organization continues its terrorist activities against IDF forces and security infrastructures and attempts to harm Israeli citizens.
The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip, and it will bear the consequences for the terrorist acts carried out against the citizens of Israel.
The IDF considers the terror activities of the Hamas terrorist organization to be harsh, and the IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and is determined to continue its mission to protect the citizens of Israel.