6 Israelis wounded as Hamas launches massive rocket barrage on Ashkelon
On Tuesday morning, IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said the fighting was expected to last at least several days and that the coming hours would be particularly punishing.
“We have an intense day ahead of us,” Zilberman told reporters, adding, “We have a goal and we will not stop until we’ve reached it.”
Asked about the potential for a ground invasion or targeted killing of top terrorist commanders, Zilberman said the military “was prepared for anything.”
According to the Israel Defense Forces, over 200 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. According to Zilberman, roughly a third of the projectiles landed inside the Gaza Strip.
Most of the others landed in open fields where they caused no injuries, but a small number landed inside Israeli communities, including at least three that directly struck a house in the Sha’ar Hanegev region on Monday night and two apartment buildings in Ashkelon on Tuesday morning.
According to Gaza’s Hamas-run Health Ministry, at least 22 people were killed on Monday night and Tuesday morning, including nine minors. The IDF said at least 15 of those killed were members of the Hamas terror group who were launching rockets at Israel. Zilberman said a number of those killed in Gaza were struck by errant rockets fired from the Strip.