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(TimesofIsrael) Tel Aviv residents scramble for cover as rockets fired into country’s economic capital
Rockets hit Gush Dan area for first time since 1991 Gulf War; Israel suffers first three fatalities after rocket hits residential building in Kiryat Malachi; three soldiers injured by mortar fire; 245 rockets fired into Israel since start of operation.
On Operation Pillar of Defense’s second day, rocket fire is bringing life in southern and central Israel to a standstill while the IDF inflicts heavy blows on Gaza terror groups. The Times of Israel is live-blogging.
Via The Blaze:
The IDF reports that as of 6:00am Eastern, Palestinian terrorists had fired 196 rockets at Israel since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense (or Pillar of Cloud in Hebrew) Wednesday afternoon. For its part, the IDF says its bombing campaign aimed at Gaza’s militant infrastructure has struck “156 terror sites” in Gaza. The IDF began its campaign with the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari.
Contrary to Hamas’ strategy of intentionally targeting civilians, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) continued its efforts to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties. On Thursday, it dropped thousands of leaflets over Gaza urging citizens to stay away from Hamas buildings and terrorist launching grounds. Hamas and other terrorist groups have a history of using Palestinians as human shields by hiding weapons sites near and in civilian areas.
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