Rockets kill one Israeli solider, injure 3 near Gaza Strip

Rockets kill one Israeli solider, injure 3 near Gaza Strip
# 12 July 2014 20:29 (UTC +04:00)

Israeli military sources say the soldiers were targeted in their vehicle north of Gaza on Saturday.

This comes as Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza have fired a barrage of retaliatory rockets deep into Israel as the regime’s warplanes conduct fatal aerial assaults on the besieged enclave.

Meanwhile, a series of rockets hit Ashkelon and Nahal Oz military base in southern Israel. Two rockets exploded near Dimona and three others hit the city, one of them directly targeting a gas station.

Three rockets landed in Be’er Sheva, critically injuring one person. Israeli sources say seven people are being treated for shocks after rockets hit Netivot city.

Sirens have been heard in Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheba and Eshkol Regional Council with Code Red alerts issued in Ashdod, Eshkol, Ashkelon, and Kiryat Gat in the south.

The developments come as Israel’s US-funded Iron Dome missile system has once again proved vulnerable after failing to intercept retaliatory rockets fired by Palestinians into the occupied territories. The failure of the highly-publicized missile system has sparked panic among Israelis.

More than 130 Palestinians have so far been killed since the Israeli regime began pounding targets in the Gaza Strip earlier this week. Palestinian sources say one third of the casualties are women and children.

The Israeli military has called up thousands of reservists for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned that it is prepared to hit back at Israeli forces should the Israel regime launch a ground incursion into the coastal enclave.