Foreign worker wounded as rocket barrage continues to pound Gaza belt

August 9, 2018 by TPS
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Five people in the Gaza Belt region were wounded, including one seriously, as a missile barrage from the Gaza Strip that began Wednesday afternoon continued overnight.

One resident of the Eshkol Regional Council, a 30-year-old woman from Thailand, sustained injuries to her torso and arms when a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip the home she was in. At least eight people were treated for emotional shock and two pregnant women went into labor as a result of the attacks.

In all, more than 150 projectiles had been fired from Gaza at civilian communities in Israel between 6 pm Wednesday and 9 am Thursday, sending thousands of people running to take cover amid widespread panic. Several factories and private homes sustained damage, 

However, several hit homes and factories in Israeli communities, causing damage. One barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot Wednesday evening injured three Israelis. At least eight others were treated for panic attacks, including two pregnant women who went into labor.

In response to the attacks, the IDF said it hit more than 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, including training compounds, munitions factories and at least one car. A pregnant woman and her child were killed in the attacks, as was Ali Randour, the son of Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades commander Abu Annas a-Randour.

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At least two homes in Sderot were damaged by rocket fire from the Gaza Strip Wednesday. 

Local residents reported that Iron Dome batteries downed at least one rocket.

The incident capped a day of tension in the Gaza Belt region, a day after IDF tanks shelled a Hamas guardpost after mistaking a training exercise for aggression directed towards Israel. Earlier Wednesday, the IDF identified Hamas operatives evacuating bases and outposts, leading officials to close roads adjacent to the border fence out of concerns that a cross-border could be imminent.

Also Wednesday, Palestinians opened fire at civilian work crews working along the northern section of the Gaza Strip. One vehicle was hit, the IDF Spokesman’s Unit said; IDF tanks responded by attacking a Hamas position in the region.

Updates

19:43 Paramedics administered first aid to a 50-year-old man who was lightly injured by glass shards, as well as to several individuals who were suffering from shock.

20:04  Firefighters are battling two fires caused by gas balloons that exploded when the homes were hit by rocket fire.

20:13 Code Red alarms in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. At least eight rockets fired at Israel. Iron Dome downed at least two rockets.

20:23  MDA Paramedic Alex Shamis told TPS, “We got calls from several locales in the city. I hurried on my moped to one of the incidents to treat a wounded man. When I arrived at the scene I met a 34-year-old man, fully consious, bleeding on his arms from having been struck by glass shards. We administered first aid and he was evacuated in light-to-moderate condition to a nearby hospital. 

Photo by Yedidya Harush/TPS on 20 June, 2018

n addition, we treated a 20-year-old man at another scene. Several shock victims were treated at the scene and referred for follow-up treatment, including two pregnant women who were driven into labor. 

20:29 Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon reports that a 54-year-old man was treated for shrapnel wounds in the head and hand. A 13-year-old boy was treated for shrapnel wounds in his leg and for shock. 

21:24 Code Red alarm in Gaza Belt region.

21:30 Air raid sirens sound in Ashkelon Beach and Shaar HaNegev regional council’s.

21:33 The IDF is attacking terrorist targets throughout the Gaza Strip, a military spokesman said.

21:44  Air raid sirens sound at several locations around the Eshkol Regional Council. Explosions reported.

21:53  Air raid sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council. Explosions reported.

22:17  The IDF Spokesman’s Unit said that 36 rockets were fired at Israel Wednesday. Four were shot down by Iron Dome anti-missile batteries; the rest landed in open areas.

22:28  The IDF Spokesman’s Unit confirmed that air force jets had hit 12 terror targets in Gaza, including a factory used to construct tunnel-building materials, under-sea tunnels adjacent to the coast as well as several military targets including munitions and rocket installations and a logistics center.

22:44  Air raid sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

22:50  Air raid sirens sound in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

22:15  Air raid sirens sound in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

23:19  Magen David Adom said that paramedics have treated 17 people during the current rocket barrage from Gaza, including:

  • 8 people treated for shock
  • Two 13-year-old boys, one 16-year-old boy
  • A 54-year-old man is undergoing surgery
  • 10 senior citizens

23:22 There are early reports that a home in Sderot sustained a direct missile hit. It is believed that there are no injuries.

00:08 The IDF Spokesman’s Unit said that as of midnight there have been 70 rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip at civilian communities in Israel. Iron Dome batteries have downed 11 projectiles.

00:34  Palestinian officials in Gaza said late Wednesday night that Ali Randour, the 30-year-old son of Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades commander Abu Annas a-Randour, was killed in an IDF air strike in the northern Gaza Strip.

The IDF strike came in response to hours of intense rocket fire emanating from the Gaza Strip.

 

TPS

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