Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to take “strong action” against Hamas after more than 170 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel on Saturday. At least three Israelis, a 52-year-old man and two girls, ages 14 and 15, were injured when one of the rockets landed on the roof of their home in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. A second rocket hit a synagogue in Sderot, which was empty at the time.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least 30 of the rockets. In response to the rocket fire, the Israel Defense Forces struck 40 Hamas targets in Gaza, including a high-rise building in the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip used as a terror training facility. The IDF said in a statement that it did not bomb the building until its residents were warned and had time to leave. The IDF also bombed weapons manufacturing facilities, warehouses for storing weapons, and training compounds, as well as two terror tunnels, the IDF said in a statement. MORE