Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

New Barrage of Rockets Hits Southern Israel

A renewed barrage of rockets hit Israel’s south on Wednesday evening. Two grad rockets fell in open areas, one near Ofakim and one south of Ashkelon. Rockets also fell in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

The IDF Home Front Command called on residents of Eshkol and Sha’ar Hanegev to remain indoors, and announced the cancellation of the “Breeze” music festival that was due to take place Wednesday evening. The announcement came only two hours after the Home Front Command said residents can return to their daily routine.

Also on Wednesday, security officials said that the Islamic Jihad operative who was killed in an IAF airstrike early Wednesday morning was responsible for transfer of funds used in last Thursday’s attacks.

The operative was identified as 34-year-old Ismael al-Asmar. Security officials said that the decision was made to target al-Asmar due to intelligence that he was planning to initiate another attack from Sinai in the coming days.

For more, see Haaretz.com

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.