This past Tuesday, a group of Palestinian terrorists with Hamas managed to fire over 130 rockets, within a span of five minutes, at Israel. This was done in an attempt to overwhelm and oversaturate the Iron Dome’s ability to intercept and deflect rocket fire and managed to hit a school inside Israel.
The spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, Abu Obeida, stated that the Islamist group fired 137 rockets directed at Ashkelon and Ashdod during a five-minute period and issued a warning stating that it has “many more.”
“Three injured Israelis were hospitalized after rockets hit a school and residential buildings in Ashkelon and Ashdod,” reported The Washington Post. “Military officials said more than 350 rockets had been launched from Gaza since the start of the flare-up, although more than a third of them failed to cross into Israel and exploded, landing inside the enclave itself.”
The first reported that came in suggested that the school had been empty at the time due to schools located within 25 miles of Gaza being evacuated and ordered to stay at home due to the rapid escalation of violence happening currently.
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 11, 2021
JUST NOW: A school in the Israeli city of Ashkelon was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza.
Thankfully, school had been canceled due to the ongoing rocket fire so the building was empty at the time.
Can you imagine what might have been if there had been children inside? pic.twitter.com/Yk7TVG4DcG
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) May 11, 2021
“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 Iron Dome missile defense batteries,” reported The Times Of Israel. “The military said the Iron Dome had a successful interception rate of over 90 percent of projectiles heading toward populated areas.”
The Iron Dome, unfortunately, could not intercept all of the rockets fired and several landed on civilian targets throughout Israel. This resulted in the injuring of dozens with the estimates being as high as 31 injured. Hidai Zilberman, a spokesperson for the IDF, stated that around a third of the rockets fired from inside Gaza resulted in strikes hitting inside of Gaza.
The IDF issued a statement about their military operations against the terrorists:
“Overnight, in response to continuous rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, the IDF struck over 130 terror targets belonging to terror organizations in the Gaza Strip. In the first and second stages of the strikes, IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft struck weapons manufacturing sites belonging to the Hamas terror organization. In the third stage, targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad were struck, including: weapons manufacturing sites and military facilities belonging to the Hamas terror organization and the Islamic Jihad. A Hamas battalion commander was also targeted.
In addition, as part of the strikes over the past day, the IDF struck a military intelligence building belonging to the Hamas terror organization, along with approximately 15 operatives of the organization. Likewise, IDF tanks and aircraft struck additional terror targets, among them: two offensive terror tunnels adjacent to the security fence. The Hamas terror organization deliberately places military targets in the heart of densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip. The IDF takes precautions to avoid harming civilians as much as possible during its operational activities.”