Gaza receives 1,200 truckloads of goods and gas every week
In response to the terrorist attacks in southern Israel on August 18, the Israeli Air Force attacked a building in Rafah which served as a Popular Resistance Committees command site where prominent members of the organization were gathered. Kamal al-Nairab, commander of the PRC's central Gaza Strip faction, and two other prominent terrorists were killed in the attack. Also killed were two terrorist operatives from the organization's military wing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later said that "those who gave the order to murder our citizens, while hiding in Gaza, are no longer among the living."
Following the Israeli response, the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip attacked Israeli cities and villages with almost 160 rockets, about 120 of which fell in Israeli territory. Some of the long-range rockets hit locations far from the Gaza Strip, including Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ofakim and Yavne. The IDF retaliated by attacking terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. In addition to rocket fire, dozens of mortar shell hits were identified in Israeli territory. At least one of them contained phosphorus.
Mortar shell containing phosphorus (Photo: IDF Spokesperson)
Most of the terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip participated in the rocket and mortar shell fire into Israeli territory.
Among the rocket hits:
• On August 19 a synagogue and a school in Ashdod were hit by rockets fired from Gaza. One person was seriously injured, and some ten were wounded. There was extensive damage to the building.
Ashdod synagogue hit by rocket fire (Photo: Reuters)
• On August 20 two Grad rocket hits were identified in Beersheba, causing the death of one Israeli civilian, critically wounding four others and inflicting varying degrees of injuries on three others; considerable damage was done to one house in the city.
Scene of rocket attack in Beersheba in which one person
was killed and 10 wounded (Photo: Reuters)
• On August 20 two Grad rocket hits were identified in the region of Ashdod. Four civilians were wounded, one of them critically; several structures were damaged.
• On August 20 two more Grad rocket hits were identified in the region of Ashdod. Six civilians were wounded, three of them critically; one sustained minor injuries and two were treated for shock.
• On August 20 three rocket hits were identified in Ofakim, wounding several people including a four-month-old baby and causing severe damage.
Ofakim home hit by a rocket
(Photo: Noam Badin, courtesy of the Sderot Media Center)
• On August 20 a rocket hit was identified in the western Negev; property was damaged.
• On August 21 another Grad rocket hit was identified in Beersheba and property was damaged.
• Eliyahu Naim, 79, who sustained serious head injury while running for cover during an Ashkelon rocket attack on August 22, 2011 died at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on Sept 4, 2011.