Rockets hits southern Israeli cities while terrorists open fire at IDF checkpoint on Highway 60By Mason White 4:07 PM June 16, 2014
|Missile causes damage to home in Ashkelon|
By: Aryeh Savir
Terrorists in Gaza fired several missiles at Israeli cities in the southern region of the country, and terrorists fired shots at an Israeli checkpoint on Highway 60, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Two rockets were fired last night from Gaza at Ashkelon. The rockets were intercepted, but the shrapnel caused damage to property.
In response to the continued rocket fire, the Israel Air Force targeted a center of terrorist activity and three weapons caches in the Gaza Strip. The targets were destroyed.
In the past 14 days, 11 rockets were fired at Israel, out of which 6 hit Israeli territories. Since the beginning of 2014, over 200 rockets were launched from Gaza at Israeli communities, twice the number that was shot during 2013.
An IDF spokesperson announced that the IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel, and will operate decisively against any acts of terrorism.
In a separate incident, terrorists opened fire on a checkpoint on a main route near the tunnel road leading to Gush Etzion. No one was injured in the attack.
Initial reports indicate that the shots were fired in a drive-by shooting from a white Subaru. Police have reportedly identified the car and are in pursuit.
Five bullet casings from a pistol have been found near the IDF post at the checkpoint, near the turnoff to the village of Wallaja.
Police and IDF forces declared a high alert for the area. The main highway, Highway 60, and communities in the area were temporarily closed.
Searches are continuing in the area between the village of Wallaja and Highway 60.