Barrage of 100 Rockets Launched at Central and Southern Israel

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Smoke trails are seen as a salvo of rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from near Sderot, Thursday. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Gaza terrorists on Thursday afternoon fired a barrage of rockets at the cities of Ramat Gan, Kfar Chabad, Herzliya, Givat Shmuel, Tel Aviv and other cities in central Israel.

A minute later, rockets were fired at Lakiya, Be’er Sheva and various Bedouin settlements in the Negev.

Just prior to the long-range rocket fire at central Israel, a heavy barrage of rockets was fired at Jewish communities near Gaza, including Nirim, Ashkelon, Nir Am, Kfar Aza, Nahal Oz, Ashdod, Sdeh Eliyahu, Sderot and others.

It is estimated that within the span of several minutes, over 100 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli civilian centers.

An Israeli official said that Ramon Airport had not been targeted by Palestinian rocket fire and was operating as usual, after Hamas said it had fired a rocket at the airport.

Israel has redirected some flights to Ramon Airport, which is near Eilat, from Ben Gurion Airport, due to the security situation.

In the community of Zohar, near Kiryat Gat, a 60-year-old woman was treated for mild glass shrapnel wounds, a 40-year-old woman was slightly hurt on her way to a bomb shelter, and another woman suffered an acute anxiety attack.

Meanwhile, Hamas’s armed wing said that it has begun using a new rocket that enables it to hit any point in Israel.

Abu Obeida said that Hamas military chief Mohammad Deif is calling for “international airline companies to immediately cease their flights to any airport in occupied Palestine.”

“We tell the enemy: Your airports and every point from northern Palestine to its south is in the reach of our rockets,” said Abu Obeida, a spokesperson for Hamas’s armed wing.

The rocket is called the Ayyash 250, after the famous terror expert Yahya Ayyash.