Israeli soldiers and civilians stand next to a hole caused by a rocket launched from the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Sderot in the southern Negev desert on March 12, 2014. (DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rockets From Gaza Strip Land in Southern Israel

No casualties reported in largest attack since 2012

by
Lily Wilf
March 12, 2014
Israeli soldiers and civilians stand next to a hole caused by a rocket launched from the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Sderot in the southern Negev desert on March 12, 2014. (DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)

In the largest attack on southern Israel since late 2012, at least 30 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip Wednesday evening, Reuters reports. ‘Code Red’ sirens sounded in the late afternoon in Sderot and the nearby Eshkol Regional Council, sending students home school and ushering residents into bomb shelters.

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least three of the incoming rockets, according to the Associated Press, with most of the others falling in open areas and just one in a residential neighborhood. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

A group known as Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attacks, which come one day after an Israeli air strike on Gaza killed three Islamic Jihad members who had fired mortar bombs at Israeli troops through Israel’s border fence.

According to the IDF’s official Twitter account, Gazan terrorists have fired more than sixty rockets at Israel since January, with more than a third fired today.

Lily Wilf is an editorial intern at Tablet.

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