The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Monday, August 25, the 49th day of Operation Protective Edge. Hamas pounded southern Israel with about 140 rockets on Sunday. Daniel Tragerman, killed by Hamas mortar fire Friday in his home at Kibbutz Nahal Oz, was laid to rest. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel was stepping up its strikes on Hamas targets, and that the operation might extend into the new school year next month.
Heartwrenching funeral; pledge from Netanyahu
As hundreds attended his funeral, Netanyahu was giving a press conference at which he said to residents of Israel’s rocket-battered south: “We are with you, and we will stay with you until the quiet is restored, and afterward as well.”
135 rockets fired at Israel in past 24 hours — IDF
Mashaal rejects return to talksSouthern Israel came under a massive rocket attack just before midnight on Sunday night.
“Moments ago, four rockets were fired at Ashkelon from Gaza,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit .
Four rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system over the city of Kiryat Malachi.
Sirens were also heard in the Eshkol Region of southern Israel and in Beit Guvrin, near Kiryat Gat.
There were no reported or damages in any of the attacks. The IDF noted that over the hours, terrorists have fired 135 rockets at Israel.
Earlier on Sunday evening, Jerusalem came under rocket fire as well. "Color red" rocket sirens were heard in Beit Shemesh and several communities in the Jerusalem Hills, including Abu Gosh and Nave Ilan, as well as communities adjacent to Jerusalem such as Ora, Aminadav and Tzur Hadassah.
At least one rocket reportedly was shot down by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system in the Jerusalem Hills region. Residents of Jerusalem report hearing several loud booms from the distance, indicating that the attack consisted of several missiles.
Hamas's rocket war has been continuing at full intensity, with figures on Sunday indicating over 570 rockets have been fired over the past five days; over 100 rockets were fired on Sunday alone.
In the early wounding five Israelis, two of them critically. a salvo of roughly 13 mortar shells was fired according to Hamas,