Gaza militants fire scores of rockets at Israel

March 13, 2014 - 4:04:23 am

A trail of smoke from rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel was seen above Gaza City

GAZA CITY: Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza fired scores of rockets at southern Israel yesterday, causing no casualties but prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn of a tough response. 

The attacks were claimed by the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, which said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel in response to an air strike on Tuesday that killed three of its militants in southern Gaza.

As tens of thousands of people living in southern Israel rushed to seek shelter from the bombardment an Israeli security source said militants had fired more than 60 rockets and mortar rounds at areas all over the south. 

The army put the number at “more than 30 rockets,” saying eight of them had struck urban areas, and another three were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. 

Police raised the level of alert in the south, saying the rockets struck along the length of Israel’s border with Gaza. One hit near a public library in the town of Sderot, and another near a petrol station. 

Israeli warplanes pounded 29 Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire, the military said. AFP

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