A medium-range GRAD rocket fired by terrorists in the Gaza Strip destroyed a home in Beersheba, Israel’s third largest city, deep inside Israeli territory.
The Red Alert warning system was activated Wednesday, October 17 at 3:39 a.m. in Beersheba and the surrounding Negev communities, with residents throughout the area scrambling for shelter. A 39-year-old mother and her three children—ages 9, 10 and 12—were treated for shock after the rocket scored a direct hit on their family home.
After hearing the warning siren, the mother woke the children and evacuated them to the home’s bomb shelter just seconds before the rocket smashed the house. The family was extracted by police, and firefighters were called to the scene, where they started to disconnect power sources and neutralize other risks.
An additional rocket with an even higher payload was reported to have landed just off the Mediterranean coast, near a major population center.
At around 8:30 a.m., the Red Alert system sounded in two communities in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on the Mediterranean coast. No additional injuries or damage were reported.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDFSpokesperson) October 17, 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed “strong action” in response to the attack from Gaza on Wednesday.
“I have just finished an assessment with the heads of the IDF, and the security establishment senior leadership,” the prime minister said at the Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza Division headquarters. “Israel views with utmost gravity the attacks against it on the fence, on the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip, on Beersheba—everywhere. I said, at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, that if these attacks do not stop—we will stop them.”
Netanyahu added, “I want to tell you today as well [that]Israel will take very strong action.”
Israel, which holds Hamas responsible for any rocket attacks from Gaza, has already responded with Israeli Air Force jets destroying 20 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror targets, including underground and undersea terror cells, rocket-manufacturing sites and Hamas military bases.
The IDF also fired on a terror cell that was about to launch additional rockets towards Israel. Three Gazans were reportedly wounded.
Originally posted at Jewish News Syndicate.